To the surprise of probably nobody, the next film in the extended Star Wars Universe will be an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today, adding that noted sci-fi/action/adventure filmmaker Stephen Daldry of Billy Elliott, The Hours, and The Reader fame will take over directing duties.
As for Obi-Wan Kenobi himself, there is no news whether or not Ewan McGregor will reprise his role from the prequels. Mostly because there is no indication as to when this story will take place. It could be Obi-Wan’s early days becoming a Jedi, which could open the door for more Qui-Gon Jinn. Somebody call Liam Neeson.
Maybe this could take place between Episode III and IV, after he maims Anakin and goes into hiding, but that is the same space occupied by Rogue One. Not that they’re the same movie, but… ya know… let’s spread this whole shared universe thing out a bit, shall we?
Before Obi-Wan Kenobi gets his moment in the sun, don’t forget we have Ron Howard’s Han Solo movie coming next summer. Get mentally prepared for that one, which could go one way or another for sure.