Obi-Wan Kenobi is On the Move

Obi-Wan KenobiThe 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.



Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue. Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to

One thought on “Obi-Wan Kenobi is On the Move

  • August 22, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Maybe Bonnie Piesse can return as aunt Beru.

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