For pretty much as long as the idea of Star Wars spinoff films has existed, fans have speculated and hoped for an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film.
Always a popular character since Alec Guiness’ portrayal of the old Jedi Master in the original trilogy, the character’s popularity skyrocketed with the prequel trilogy and Ewan McGregor’s portrayal of the Jedi in his prime. Kenobi is one of the most popular and beloved characters in the Star Wars universe, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Lucasfilm decide to explore more stories with him as the center.
But though McGregor would love to reprise the role, he told The View recently that there aren’t any plans for it currently.
“Yes I would totally do it, of course. There’s no plans to do it as such as far as I know. But it’s so funny, I’ve been asked this question for years and years and I would be happy to do it. I think there must be a good story to tell as they’re doing spinoffs, there’s likely to be a good Obi-Wan [story] between me and Alec Guiness, in that time. But I’ve answered yes so many times it looks like I’m sort of touting for work at Disney’s door, you know what I mean?”
Over the past year there have been rumors about an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film being in the works, but it never progressed beyond reports and doesn’t seem to be happening – yet. We know that McGregor would be happy to return to the role, as he’s reiterated that sentiment over and over, and there really should be no other choice for the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Lucasfilm’s mindset. McGregor was amazing in the prequel films as Kenobi, and he’s the perfect age currently to play the Jedi Master in exile in the Tatooine wilderness.
It remains to be seen whether an Obi-Wan Kenobi film ever gets made, but it should be worth noting that just because McGregor hasn’t heard anything yet and just because it’s not in the plans yet doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen. I assume that we won’t hear anything about future spinoff films until Star Wars Celebration next year, and that’s just in terms of announcing plans. With J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX coming in 2019 and then Rian Johnson’s trilogy and the films from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, there’s no rush on the spinoff films. That gives Lucasfilm time to evaluate their options before announcing where they’re heading next, and so it’s possible they could still choose to focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi and bring McGregor back to the role.
Currently, though, it doesn’t sound like it’s in the works. Yet. Hopefully, at some point it will be.