Obi-Wan Kenobi is getting his own Star Wars film
So, let's face it: we're going to get a new Star Wars movie every year for at least a decade. They've already made Rogue One, and are soon to make a Han Solo movie, so why not stick to the iconic characters we know and love?
We may see a Yoda movie, a Darth Vader movie, a movie about The Emperor. We're going to see every inch of lifespan each of these characters' has, converted into a big Hollywood movie. Obi-Wan Kenobi has been a fan favorite since the very first film.
Appearing as Ben Kenobi, the robed old man living as a hermit on Tatooine, in A New Hope he was Luke Skywalker's mentor. Despite dying in that film (spoilers?) Obi-Wan returned to the big screen for the controversial Star Wars prequels, which portrayed him in his young age as an active Jedi knight and then master to Anakin Skywalker.
Even those who hated the prequels would have to agree that Ewan McGregor's casting as Obi-Wan Kenobi was one of the best decisions in the entire series. He looked and acted the part, a thoughtful and stoic teacher with a hint of wit and comedic flavor to him. As one of the most powerful Jedi in the series, there are countless adventures, many of them alongside Anakin Skywalker, that could be converted to film.
There's no script yet, but Disney has confirmed that Obi-Wan Kenobi will be getting a solo film. I personally hope Ewan McGregor returns to the role, in a unique story. Maybe we could see Obi-Wan on Tatooine, before he met Luke, setting off on a mission to save Jedi from the Empire or to try to kill Darth Vader?
Or perhaps it'll be like the animated series The Clone Wars, and we will see Obi-Wan fighting alongside Anakin between Episodes II and III?
Lastly, there's the chance to show a much younger Obi-Wan. His mentor, played by Liam Neeson in Episode I: The Phantom Menace, was an underrated character. Maybe we could see a teenage Obi-Wan get trained by the badass who starred in all three Taken films. That would be awesome.
The film is tentatively set for a 2020 release, which would place it after the last episode in the current Star Wars trilogy, starring Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. That would make the Obi-Wan film set the tone for the rest of the Star Wars universe films, into the 2030s or beyond...
Now, I know what you're thinking: what about Star Wars fatigue? And yeah, there's no real answer to that. Our culture becomes extremely obsessed with one very limited story, and now we have to see every angle of it possible unfold over many decades because its proven to make billions.
But on the other hand, what else is Hollywood making? It's not like this is depriving us of better movies. A new generation will just have the chance to get introduced to Obi-Wan Kenobi. So that's not such a bad thing. Of course, there are other characters in fiction who are deeper and more interesting than Kenobi.
But it'll have a lot of good action, so there's that. Look out for the 2020 release date!