Stephen Daldry is Star Wars’ new hope.
The Oscar-nominated director behind Billy Elliot and The Hours is in early talks to direct a Star Wars standalone movie centering on Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Sources say talks are at the earliest of stages and that the project has no script. If a deal makes, Daldry would oversee the development and writing with Lucasfilm brass. It’s not known at this stage if Ewan McGregor will reprise his role.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone is one of several projects being developed by Lucasfilm and Disney that fall outside the trilogies telling the saga of the Skywalker family. A Han Solo movie is now in the final stages of shooting under new director Ron Howard and Lucasfilm is also looking at movies featuring Yoda and bounty hunter Boba Fett, among others.
Younger me would be super excited about this. Current me can only groan.
I won’t call Rogue One a perfect movie but if they can keep the spin-off stuff at that quality level I’m down. Especially if it means more movies set during the galactic civil war.
I’m super into Ewan coming back to play Kenobi. He was always wasted talent in the prequels.