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Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi may get stand-alone film, with project reportedly in early stages of development

It seems the Stars Wars universe is to continue expanding, with reports that British filmmaker Stephen Daldry is in talks to direct the film

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 August, 2017, 12:17pm
UPDATED : Friday, 18 August, 2017, 4:35pm

Reports have been released that Disney is developing a Star Wars stand-alone film based on the beloved Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The Hollywood Reporter and Variety cited unnamed sources as saying that the project was in the early stages of development by Disney and Lucasfilm.

The project has no script yet but British filmmaker Stephen Daldry, best known for hit dance movie Billy Elliott (2000), is in early talks to direct it, the publications said.

Disney has declined to comment.

Disney bought Star Wars creator George Lucas’ Lucasfilm in 2012 in a US$4 billion deal. It announced a new trilogy of films following the space saga as well as three stand-alone Star Wars projects that focus on stories outside the central tale of the Skywalker family.

Disney debuted the first stand-alone Star Wars story with 2016’s Rogue One , which featured new characters and a storyline tied loosely to the ongoing saga.

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A Han Solo film is also in production featuring a younger version of the freewheeling space smuggler played by Harrison Ford in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Kenobi, a recluse played by the late British actor Alec Guinness, was the mentor to Luke Skywalker. He introduced the young warrior to the force in the first Star Wars film in 1977. Kenobi was later killed by his old pupil, the evil Darth Vader.

Actor Ewan McGregor played the character in the second Star Wars trilogy from 1999 to 2005. The Hollywood Reporter said no actors were yet attached to the stand-alone project.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens , Disney’s first instalment of the trilogy, introduced a new generation to Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. It took more than US$2 billion at the world box office after its 2015 release.

The next film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is scheduled for release in December.