A new rumor suggests Lucasfilm is developing a live-action Star Wars television series based Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by Ewan McGregor in the prequel trilogy.
According to Star Wars News Net, a limited series featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi is in the works and is the next top priority for the Star Wars franchise on Disney+. The series could be as many as six episodes.
A standalone film centered on the fan-favorite Jedi Master was previously reported to be in development in the Summer of 2017, with Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) attached to the project. However, spin-offs beyond Solo: A Star Wars Story were reportedly put on hold last June. It seems Lucasfilm could be realizing its previous plans for an Obi-Wan Kenobi film in a limited series for Disney’s upcoming streaming service.
Officially, Lucasfilm is set to conclude the Skywalker Saga in December with Star Wars: Episode IX, and debut the first-ever live-action Star Wars television series exclusively on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+ with The Mandalorian, which is expected by the end of the year. The series stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte and has been written by Jon Favreau, who also serves as an executive producer alongside Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist is also on board as a co-executive producer.
In addition to The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Clone Wars will also be debuting on the streaming service with its final 12 episodes from executive producer Dave Filoni. The final season will feature Matt Lanter, James Arnold Taylor, and Ashley Eckstein reprising their respective roles as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano.
Disney is also officially in development on a live-action Cassian Andor series with Diego Luna set to reprise his role from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Stephen Schiff (The Americans) is serving as showrunner. Plot details remain under wraps, however, the new series will follow the Rebel spy working as an intelligence operative during the formative years of the Rebel Alliance before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which featured the demise of Luna’s character after helping to recover the Death Star plans.
Star Wars: Episode IX will be released in theaters on December 20, 2019. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Star Wars franchise as we learn it.
Source: Star Wars News Net
Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’
Ben Affleck is officially out as Batman and it’s a pretty sad day.
Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he’s no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.
Three years have quickly sped by and we’re officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves’ The Batman and now everyone’s attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that’s around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.
In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.
Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.
Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he’s one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes’ arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he’d love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I’ve always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he’s done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.
Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio’s best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c’mon, the guy’s look just screams Bruce Wayne.
Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller’s Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn’t deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He’s charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he’s young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.
Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is my top choice to replace Ben Affleck as Batman. The actor is young, has the look and definitely has the acting chops to play the duality of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Madden just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series for the BBC drama Bodyguard, so Warner Bros. may want to quickly snatch him up.