A possible Obi-Wan Kenobi solo movie from Disney has been speculated on for a long time now— with Ewan McGregor saying he was up for it, and even at one point Mr. Robot’s Sam Esmail rumored to be attached to the project.
But now it seems Disney is more or less committed to the film, and The Hollywood Reporter says Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot and The Hours) is “in early talks” to direct. If Daldry gets the gig, he will oversee the entire Obi-Wan project, including writing and development.
How can we tell this news is more “solid” than previous rumors about the Star Wars spin-off? Probably how strong THR decided to push the story—which is an exclusive. If Disney truly didn’t want the info to get out in such a big way, it wouldn’t be so front-and-center like this.
And with some of the well-broadcast problems involved in the Han Solo solo film—specifically, the axing of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller—perhaps the movie studio wanted to “get in front” of the publicity with news of an Oscar-nominated director possibly in the driver’s seat for the Obi-Wan picture.
But would McGregor star? Or would this be a younger Obi-Wan, in the same vein as Alden Ehrenreich as Solo?
As you can see: still a lot of questions, here. But it does feel as if Disney is one more solid step to getting this film made.
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