Ewan McGregor Wants to Make Obi-Wan Kenobi Spin-Off

It wasn’t long ago when Ewan McGregor reprised his role of Obi-Wan Kenobi, but you’d be forgiven if you missed it. His one-line cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens proved he didn’t have any qualms revisiting the Star Wars universe, and it looks as though the Scottish actor might soon find himself returning to the force. In a recent interview with Collider, McGregor admitted that he’d be open to putting the robes back on for his own spin-off movie.

While discussing his role in this Friday’s Miles Ahead, the conversation quickly tampered off onto Star Wars, as it does. When asked if he would be willing to return for more than a voice cameo in future installments, he said that he would “very much” like to do a standalone film. Like many fans, he believes “there’s a story” between Episode III and Episode IV for his character. “I think that’s the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, if there was one,” he noted. “It’s the one that bridges my Obi-Wan Kenobi and Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan Kenobi.”

And, indeed, in the twenty-or-thirty years that Obi-Wan spends roaming the desert, there surely must be a story looming around. Chances are, he wasn’t just spending his time throwing around rocks and waiting to find Anakin’s son. And with this fall’s Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One, taking place between the first two trilogies, it’s not impossible to believe there could also be an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie somewhere down the line. And while McGregor plays coy about whether or not he’s been approached by Lucasfilm, he admits he’s “very interested” in making such a hypothetical film.

In fact, he doesn’t rule out the possibility of just one Obi-Wan film. “There could be a trilogy,” McGregor confesses. So it sounds like McGregor wants in on the space pie, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. He makes a point to note that he hasn’t really been approached to play a Space Ghost in any of the upcoming episodes, and that he’s “not really in the picture” for these upcoming films. In fact, he doesn’t even know how that would work at this point, as Guiness played the part at that stage. But he does note that he, like many fans, “loved” J.J. Abrams latest installment. So that’s encouraging, at least. That’s certainly nicer than he’s been to his own prequel films in the past.

So while it’s not definitive, it looks like McGregor wasn’t scared off by the prequels, and that it’s very possible he’ll summon the cloak and lightsaber again in the near future in a galaxy not so far away.

Will Ashton
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