Ewan McGregor is still hopeful he will get the chance to play Obi-Wan Kenobi in a future spin-off film of the Star Wars franchise and so is everyone else, obviously.
The actor was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night when he was asked whether or not he would still be up to play the Jedi Master in a potential solo film when he once again shared his hope to reprise the role:
“I’ve been asked this question many times… it’s got to the point now where it looks like I’m touting for work at Disney’s front door like ‘give me the Obi-Wan spin-off film’ but if course I’d be happy to do it.”
As for an Obi-Wan film, it’s the spin-off die-hard fans of the franchise are no doubt clamoring for the most. A feature film featuring the Jedi Master is a no brainer but Lucasfilm has to tread carefully. No one will argue that McGregor’s portrayal of the character wasn’t the best part of the prequel trilogy but if they are going to give the character his own solo film it has to be the right story that honors not just the character but Alec Guinness’ portrayal as well. McGregor himself is at the perfect age to tell a story of Obi-Wan in his early days of watching over Luke Skywalker on Tatooine right now so if Lucasfilm is going to make a move they need to do it soon.
Next up for Lucasfilm is the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi which hits theaters later this year on December 15, 2017. Following Episode VIII is The Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story. The film is being directed by The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller and is slated for release on May 25, 2018. The franchise will then close out the sequel trilogy with the ninth chapter of the Skywalker saga when Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters May 24, 2019.
As for the future of the franchise beyond the sequel trilogy, an announcement regarding the next spin-off film after the Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story is expected to come this summer at D-23. In addition, the company will begin to map out the future of the Star Wars franchise beyond the sequel trilogy by the end of the year.
You can watch the full clip of McGregor on Jimmy Kimmel below.
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live