Report: Disney, Lucasfilm in talks with director for Obi-Wan Kenobi film

Last Updated: Thursday, August 17, 2017, 5:18 PM EDT

That disturbance you’re feeling today in the Force, Star Wars fans? It’s the impending return to the big screen of an old friend, this time in his own spin-off film.

  • Potential director in talks to helm film
  • No script, no actor attached yet
  • Film would be part of “Star Wars” anthology films

The Hollywood Reporter’s “Heat Vision” blog is reporting that Disney and Lucasfilm are in talks with director Stephen Daldry (“Billy Elliott”, “The Hours”) to direct an Obi-Wan Kenobi stand-alone film.

The film would add to the growing list of projects comprising the “Star Wars” anthology – films made in the Star Wars universe but outside of the main trilogies focused on the Skywalker family saga.

Reportedly, there is no script yet for the film, and thus no actor attached to the project yet. If he chooses to take on the project, Daldry would presumably develop the film along with Disney and Lucasfilm’s influential president, Kathleen Kennedy.

Obi-Wan Kenobi has so far been portrayed by two actors in the “Star Wars” films: Alec Guinness (who earned an Oscar nomination for the role in 1978) and Ewan McGregor. McGregor has expressed he is open to playing the role again in a future film.

In 2016, the “Star Wars” anthology films kicked off with the massively successful “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” A second installment featuring a young Han Solo is currently in production, with release planned for 2018.