Speaking at the Edinburgh Film Festival, Ewan McGregor, who played young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, said that he’s definitely be up for another trip to the galaxy far, far away. And he has a very specific idea about how it could come about.
“I’d be happy to do the story from episodes three where I finish up and Alec Guinness starts,” McGregor said, referring to the era between the two trilogies, when Obi-Wan is camped out in the deserts of Tatooine. McGregor has been consistent in this view. We know this because it’s the same movie he’s been pitching since early 2013, when he shared the same idea with MTV.
While McGregor’s idea for a spin-off seems like a good one, Lucasfilm’s slate is looking a little full at the moment. After The Force Awakens in December and Rogue One in 2016, the plan is to finish off the new trilogy in 2017 and 2019, with a Boba Fett spin-off in between and a Han Solo movie likely coming afterward. That could mean we wouldn’t see an Obi-Wan movie until 2021 at the earliest. Maybe that would give McGregor some time to go more gray.
On top of sharing his thoughts on a potential future for Obi-Wan, McGregor also took time to throw some shade Kylo Ren’s way. “I’m not sure about the hilt on the lightsaber,” referring to the weapons wielded by Adam Driver’s character. “If you fight with a lightsaber properly you don’t need one.”
Come on, Ewan. Everyone knows that Stephen Colbert put the crossguard debate to bed.