Is This Why Ewan McGregor Doesn’t Have His Own Star Wars Standalone Film? [Spoilers]

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Possible spoilers for Star Wars: Episode VIII and beyond to follow!

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

The Star Wars prequels weren’t that good, but one of the highlights was Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi. After Disney bought Lucasfilm and announced a series of standalone films, one of the things fans have wanted to see is him reprise the role. McGregor has even stated he would love to do a film or two based on the character.

With Rogue One around the corner, and the Han Solo standalone scheduled for May 2018, you would think that Lucasfilm would really get on top of an Obi-Wan spinoff film. According to Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican, who was on Rebel Force Radio, the reason is that McGregor’s Obi-Wan will play a part in the main Star Wars saga (aka, the official Episodes). Here’s what he said:

“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 thing happen beyond Episode IX. Which it would have to anyway, because they’re booked up until Episode IX.”

We do know that McGregor did a very quick voice over in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (along with Frank Oz, who voices Yoda), so bringing him back doesn’t seem to be too much of an issue. We also know that Luke Skywalker can talk to Force Ghosts, so there is a way to bring McGregor back quite easily. It also opens the door for Oz and possibly even Hayden Christensen as Anakin.

Breznican continued about his method, and why he thinks Obi-Wan still has a part to play in the upcoming saga films.

“I think that there’s bound to be some reference to Obi-Wan…..Some of this is sort of like doing CIA spywork, where you get little pieces of information and then you try to connect them. But I think that they’ll probably be some reference to Obi-Wan in the Saga films, and his connection to whatever characters he happens to have a connection with.

“I’ve already written that I think that Rey has some kind of connection to him – family connection. So if that’s the case, maybe we see a part of that play out in the future Obi-Wan movie. Ewan McGregor would be the perfect age to reprise that [character]. So he seems game to do it, and I think [the movie] hasn’t been one they’ve greenlit just yet, but partly because they’re still shaping that story. So we’ll see. I think it’s – again – kind of a no-brainer.”

I’m not a big fan of Rey being a Kenobi, but it is a likely possibility (and there are other theories, though star Daisy Ridley said we should learn who her parents are in Episode VIII). There’s also the nice narrative symmetry of Kenobi teaching Skywalker and now Luke Skywalker is teaching a Kenobi.

Star Wars: Episode VIII will premiere in theaters on December 15, 2017.

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