Star Wars fans received some welcome news about the long-rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone movie. Originally played in Star Wars: A New Hope by the transcendent Alec Guinness, Kenobi was portrayed admirably by actor Ewan McGregor in the three Star Wars prequels (as well as in one line in Star Wars: The Force Awakens). The recent The Hollywood Reporter exclusive revealed Disney to be in talks with director Stephen Daldry to oversee writing and development of a standalone film focused on the beloved character.
Disney has yet to confirm this report, but if true, it’s very exciting. Assuming that the story would feature on the 20 or so years spent on Tatooine between the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, we could be getting the answer to one of the biggest mysteries in the franchise: Just what exactly did Old Ben do while he waited patiently for the right moment to reveal himself?
We dug into this mystery, plus several other questions for the upcoming Kenobi solo film, which could hit theaters as early as 2020.
What did he do for all those years?
We last saw Kenobi handing off baby Luke to Beru Lars at the end of Revenge of the Sith. From there, we don’t know a ton about his story. The Marvel Comic series, From the Journals of Ben Kenobi, gave us a small glimpse into his life on Tatooine, and those stories might have an idea or two for a live action movie. However, Disney has so far been pretty reluctant to redevelop any existing canon stories — especially ones of their own creation — for the big screen.
There has to be more than just sitting in the desert, getting a tan, and aging at an absurd rate for Obi-Wan. We know that he’s familiar with Mos Eisley in A New Hope, so there’s a solid chance we could see him there mingling among the riffraff. An interesting wrinkle to the story could be that Kenobi can’t whip out his lightsaber or publicly use the Force, for fear of the Empire tracking him down.
So in that sense, the movie could really end up showing us the challenges of day-to-day life.