Ewan McGregor Wants an Obi-Wan Kenobi 'Star Wars' Spinoff
Ever since Disney took the reins of the "Star Wars" franchise back in 2012, the Mouse House has been rapidly expanding the universe surrounding the iconic series, with the first installment of the new trilogy, "The Force Awakens," already one of the biggest movies of all time, and its first spinoff film, the much-anticipated "Rogue One," due to hit theaters in December. With the continuing trilogy and an untold number of additional spinoffs on the way, there's seemingly no end in sight for "Star Wars" content at the multiplex. So why not focus one of the upcoming productions on Obi-Wan Kenobi?
That's what Ewan McGregor, who played the Jedi knight as a young man in the "Star Wars" prequel films, wants, and he's making the case for why Obi-Wan would be the perfect subject for a "Star Wars Story" flick. In an interview with Premiere (as translated from the French by Den of Geek), the actor admitted that no one from Disney has discussed with him the possibility of returning for a spinoff centered around the mentor of both Anakin and Luke Skywalker, played by the late Alec Guinness in the original trilogy. But that doesn't mean that McGregor isn't offering up his services anyway.
"I've always thought there was a story to tell between my last one and Alec Guinness's first one," the actor said of the gap between "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" and "Episode IV: A New Hope."
"It would be fun to film that story now I'm older," McGregor added. "I'd be the right age. I'm forty-five, Alec Guinness was what, sixty? I could do two of them! (laughs)"
While we have a feeling that Disney isn't exactly taking unsolicited pitches from former series stars about the content of its spinoffs, that doesn't mean that an Obi-Wan feature is completely out of the question. After all, the Jedi knight had a small cameo in "The Force Awakens," linking him to Rey (Daisy Ridley). It's unclear if that connection will be explored further in "Episode VIII," but perhaps it would make a good standalone story, too. We'll keep our lightsabers crossed that McGregor gets his wish.
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