They want to do an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. …Yay?

I’m… ah.  Well. I guess that this is the straightforward play.

Stephen Daldry is Star Wars’ newest hope.

The Oscar-nominated director behind Billy Elliot and The Hours is in early talks to direct a Star Wars stand-alone movie centering on Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Sources say talks are at the earliest of stages and that the project has no script. If a deal makes, Daldry would oversee the development and writing with Lucasfilm brass.

It’s just that they’re talking about maybe getting Ewan McGregor to play it, and that is a definite ‘they,’ because I’m certainly not talking about it.  I was never all that thrilled with him as Obi-Wan.  Or possibly I just wasn’t thrilled with the prequel trilogy in general, just like the rest of science fiction fandom*. Or perhaps it’s just a case of “embrace the healing power of ‘and.'” The bottom line is: I’d rather that they tried somebody new for this role.

But what do I know?

Moe Lane

*But we all went to go see them anyway.  Out of, apparently, a sense of social obligation. If only one of us had started a movement to excuse the rest of us from having to put ourselves through that.


  • RangerSG says:

    I don’t think Ewan McGregor was bad as Obi Wan. The problem was Lucas’ writing. Let’s be honest on this, when you can make lines so bad that Samuel Jackson and Natalie Portman can’t save them, you’re churning out next-level dreck.

    Liam *almost* pulled it off. Because he’s got the Patrick Stewart gift of making a paint commercial sound like Shakespeare. But of course, that merely made his absence in the later films more galling.

  • Aruges says:

    I’d like to see Ewan in the role again. If for no other reason than to make sure it was the script and direction that were at fault. FOR SCIENCE!

  • JustDave says:

    I have no problems with Ewan McGregor reprising the role. I just kinda wonder what sort of story they’re gonna come up with. I mean, he’s supposed to A) be in hiding, and B) watching over/guarding Luke during the period prior to A New Hope.

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