Rumors are swirling now about a potential Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, especially after Ewan McGregor expressed his support for such a film in a Golden Globes interview last night.
Of course, the prospect of this is nothing short of exciting. But before we get swept up in the euphoria of the notion, let's consider...what would an Obi-Wan movie even be about?
Firstly (and perhaps most obviously), it could explore Obi-Wan's time in hiding on Tatooine. One of Lucasfilm's obsessions of late is filling in that mysterious gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, whether it's the hit film Rogue One or through the soon-to-be-finished TV series Star Wars Rebels.
Let's just imagine for a moment that this is the route Lucasfilm goes. Wouldn't it just be a 2-hour movie watching an old man stalk young Luke Skywalker? Maybe not.
Obi-Wan goes into hiding in a remote planet, but not without Imperial presence. We know from A New Hope that the Empire has, at the very least, a small presence in Mos Eisley. I wouldn't doubt that infrequent Imperial patrols of areas around Tatooine occur, and, seeing as that's exactly who Obi-Wan is seeking to protect Luke from, there might be some interesting dynamics with Obi-Wan trying to discreetly hide Luke from an intrusive Empire.
Alternatively, the story could largely avoid Luke and detail Obi-Wan's interactions with other characters. We've already seen some of this in Star Wars Rebels, which brings me to an interesting point. We all remember that mega-disappointing rematch duel between Kenobi and Darth Maul in Rebels, right? One of my friends that I was talking to the other day brought up an intriguing point--what if they redid that fight?
Okay, it might seem a little strange, but c'mon. We can argue whether the fight was "fitting" or not, but it lacked that action that us Star Wars fans crave out of a lightsaber duel. Plus, it would look really cool done live-action, and it would bring back one of everyone's favorite villains from the prequels.
Conversely, this new Kenobi movie might follow Obi-Wan's time training Anakin. It's not talked about much, but there's about a ten year gap between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.
I concede that there are problems with this possibility. For one, the actor who played Anakin in The Phantom Menace is much older now (and not exactly in good graces with the law either). Additionally, the whole Dark Side of Anakin thing didn't really start manifesting until Episode II.
That said, if the film followed a tween/young teen Skywalker, a different actor might pass for Anakin (especially considering Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen weren't really too similar in appearance). On top of that, we would expect Obi-Wan to begin to see some inklings of the Dark Side in Anakin, which might have led to his ultimate distrust of Anakin's readiness for the Jedi Trials. And, it might be the chance to redeem the prequels for some people if it were made correctly.
All that said, it still seems most likely to me that Lucasfilm will pursue the Tatooine route--however, either would be interesting in my personal opinion. We'll have to see what happens when/if a Kenobi movie is made, but if one is, what do you think it would be about?
Let me know in the comments below!
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