The “Star Wars” franchise is reportedly expanding its “galaxy far far away” to include a stand alone film about the legendary Jedi master, Obi Wan Kenobi. Kenobi was introduced in the first “Star Wars” movie, "A New Hope" and was originally played by the late Sir Alec Guinness. Ewan Mcgregor later played the younger version of the Jedi master in the “Star Wars” prequels.

Oscar and Emmy nominated director, Stephen Daldry, is said to be in early talks with Lucasfilm to helm the planned “Star Wars” stand-alone project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Should The Crown director agree to be involved, Daldry is expected to take part in the development and writing of the spin-off.

Script and cast

there is no news yet on who will play Obi Wan because the script for the film is not yet written.

When rumors about an Obi Wan stand-alone film came out in the early part of the year, Ewan Mcgregor told Entertainment Weekly that no official offer was made for him to play the role.

Despite having no script for the moment, there is no shortage of possibilities as to what storyline the movie will take. Given that an extensive part of the Jedi Master’s life was already revealed during the Star Wars prequels, an origin story could be a possibility just like the Han Solo stand-alone film currently being shot.

Possible storylines for the Obi Wan Kenobi film

The Hollywood Reporter offered several possibilities as to the plot the Obi Wan Kenobi movie could likely adapt. One is the time before the events of "The Phantom Menace" occurred. Second could be the period during the "Clone Wars." Third could be the period between the "Revenge of the Sith" and "A New Hope."

Of the three, THR suggested that the third one is highly probable.

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This was the period when Obi Wan went into hiding in Tatooine and put Luke Skywalker under the care of his Uncle Owen up until the Jedi master reappeared.

THR believes this part of the life of Obi Wan would be a rich territory to explore and would fit into the periods other "Star Wars" stand-alone films took. "Rogue One," for instance, ended when the Death Star plan was obtained by Princess Leia aboard a diplomatic ship of Alderaan. Its end connected the film to the start of "A New Hope."

The still untitled Han Solo movie is also set during this period, happening a few years prior to the very first “Star Wars” film. It would appear that Lucasfilm prefers this gap era when making the storyline for its stand-alone projects. May be the Obi Wan Kenobi film would follow the same narrative?

Regardless of what storyline the film will take eventually, this "Star Wars" news surely created an excitement in the Force.