The Force will be with Obi-Wan Kenobi -- always -- but it may be especially strong in the next few years, at least according to new rumors roaming the Star Wars galaxy.

Ewan McGregor has said he's ready to return as Obi-Wan, the role he played in the prequels, with Alec Guinness as the Jedi Master in the original trilogy. "Rogue One" is about to come out as the first "standalone" movie in the Star Wars world, with Han Solo's movie to follow. What about Obi-Wan?

Anthony Breznican of Entertainment Weekly is pretty plugged-in to the Star Wars world, and on a recent Rebel Force Radio podcast, he hinted to why Obi-Wan has yet to have his own official solo film, and when that may change:

"I have heard rumors that the one reason they haven't moved sooner on Obi-Wan is that they're not done with Obi-Wan quite yet in the Saga films. So I wouldn't be surprised to see an Obi-Wan [solo film] happen beyond Episode IX."

Technically, Obi-Wan had a cameo in Episode VII, "The Force Awakens," but it's exciting and intriguing to think his story could continue somehow in the next two films. Episode VIII is scheduled for December 15, 2017, with Episode IX scheduled for May 23, 2019.

There's no official word on how an Obi-Wan standalone would play out, but Ewan McGregor said he's ready to go. As he recently put it (via Geek Tyrant):

"I've always thought there was a story to tell between my last one and Alec Guinness' first one. It would be fun to film that story now I'm older. I'd be the right age. I'm forty-five, Alec Guinness was what, sixty? I could do two of them (laughs)!"

What do you think? Is it good news to think Obi-Wan could return for the next two Saga films, then possibly have his own standalone story?

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Star Wars: Episode VIII
Not Yet Rated2017
In Theaters on December 15th, 2017
categories Movies