The Star Wars Rebels episode “Twin Suns” showcased the final confrontation between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul and brought their storied arc to completion. Many have wondered if Kenobi’s commitment to guard Luke Skywalker on Tatooine would leave the fan-favorite character an unlikely candidate for a stand-alone Star Wars Story film. The novel Kenobi by John Jackson Miller attempted a storyline on the desert planet, and while it was an entertaining book, the powers that be are likely going to want to raise the stakes if they bring the Jedi Master to the big screen. The story of “Twin Suns” does create a precedent for Kenobi stepping away from his charge, so long as the Force wills it.
It was not a surprise when The Hollywood Reporter shared word that a Kenobi movie is in the works with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry in early talks. Other than The Force Awakens, all the movies so far have been presented from the outset with visionaries: Gareth Edwards on Rogue One, Rian Johnson for The Last Jedi, Lawrence Kasdan for the untitled Han Solo movie. Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Crown) has plenty of awards that speak to his ability to tell stories, and is eminently more qualified than either Edwards or Josh Trank, who was released from the Boba Fett standalone. Other characters that reportedly are being considered for development include Yoda, Boba Fett, and Jabba the Hutt. This line-up is still entirely too male for my taste, not to mention that we are still at a whopping zero women in visionary director or screenwriter positions for Star Wars films. A Kenobi film has the potential to draw upon some strong female characters from Star Wars lore, including Dormé (played by Rose Byrne), Sabé (played by Keira Knightley), Satine Kryze, Asajj Ventress, and Leia Organa, depending on when the movie is set.
No word yet on whether Ewan McGregor is attached to this project, although he has expressed plenty of interest and Disney has kept him busy between Beauty and the Beast and Christopher Robin.
If you haven’t yet seen Star Wars Rebels “Twin Suns,” the Season Three Blu-ray is available August 29th. Today Entertainment Weekly shared a behind-the-scenes clip from the bonus features that showcases the work done on the Kenobi/Maul showdown from that episode.