Obi-Wan movie delayed by Episodes VIII and IX ?

Having the tiniest of parts in The Force Awakens, the Obi-Wan Kenobi character may return in the saga Star Wars movies

The character, portrayed by Ewan McGregor in the prequel films and Alec Guinness in the original trilogy, made the briefest of appearances as a spirit in last year’s The Force Awakens.  Although not seen, only heard, McGregor provided one line of dialogue along with a recording of the late Guinness saying “Afraid”, edited to say “Rey”.

It had previously been rumored that there could be an Obi-Wan spin-off film which is certainly favorite option of the fans.  But Entertainment Weekly‘s Anthony Breznican spoke with Rebel Force Radio and mentioned that the character of Obi-Wan could make a return in either Episode VIII or XI

“I have heard rumors that the one reason they haven’t moved sooner on [a Obi-Wan spin-off] is that they’re not done with Obi-Wan quite yet in the ‘saga’ films. So I wouldn’t be surprised to see an Obi-Wan thing happen beyond Episode IX. Which it would have to anyway, because they’re booked up until Episode IX.”

Ewan Mcgregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
Ewan Mcgregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi

Breznican began…

“I don’t think that’s controversial to say, but I think that there’s bound to be some reference to Obi-Wan [in VIII or XI] – and I’m not being coy here, this is literally all I know is that [Lucasfilm’s thinking is] ‘Ehh, if you want to tell an Episode IX story, it’s better that it happens after this first trilogy, because things that happen in it can maybe reference The Force Awakens trilogy,’ if that makes any sense.”


“Some of this is sort of like doing CIA spy work, where you get little pieces of information and then you try to connect them. But I think that they’ll probably be some reference to Obi-Wan in the ‘saga’ films, and his connection to whatever characters he happens to have a connection with. I’ve already written that I think that Rey has some kind of connection to him – family connection. So if that’s the case, maybe we see a part of that play out in the future Obi-Wan movie. Ewan McGregor would be the perfect age to reprise that [character]. So he seems game to do it, and I thin [the movie] hasn’t been one they’ve greenlit just yet, but partly because they’re still shaping that story. So we’ll see. I think it’s – again – kind of a no-brainer.”


The yet-untitled Episode VIII is set for a December 2017 release next year, with Episode IX due in 2019.  The separately planned anthology stand-alone movies begin with Rogue One next month set just before Episode IV A New Hope.

George Lucas Influences Rogue One during studio tour

The Father of Star Wars George Lucas took a tour of the Rogue One Design Department

Although Lucas sold all the rights to Star Wars for $4 Billion in 2014 to Disney, the legendary visionary had ideas for The Force Awakens which were rejected in favor of J.J.Abrams plans.

However, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards recently spoke to Total Film about George Lucas’ visit to the design department.

Gareth Edwards X Wing


As you would expect when the creator of a franchise which has gripped the imaginations of millions takes a tour around the Rogue One design department, something was clear from the beginning to Edwards:


“whatever [Lucas] liked was pretty much guaranteed to be in the film,” 

Edwards says that sitting in the department was a prop that they couldn’t fit into the movie.


“a helmet we loved but didn’t know where to put it; there wasn’t really an opportunity to use it. [Then Lucas] walked past it and went ‘That’s cool, I like that'”

Not surprisingly then, that led to a renewed determination to put the mysterious helmet in the film, as the offhand comment by Lucas spurred Edwards into action:

“looked at each other like, ‘OK, we have to put that in the film!'”


Rogue One out December 15th
Rogue One out December 15th

Unfortunately, Edwards stopped short of giving us a description of the helmet in question so it’ll be hard to spot in the movie, but hopefully he’ll let us in on which one it is after the movie is released. 

Directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, and Alan Tudyk, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is scheduled to open in UK on December 15, 2016 and in the US a day later.

Rogue One:A Star Wars Story Will Not Have Opening Crawl, Probably.

More speculation has arrived indicating that there will be no traditional Star Wars opening crawl in Rogue One.

Back in July, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and director Gareth Edwards warned that Rogue will be a different Star Wars movie, done in a different way. 

“You know, we’re in the midst of talking about it, but I don’t think these films will have an opening crawl,”

Gareth Edwards and Kathleen Kennedy
Gareth Edwards and Kathleen Kennedy

Kennedy said of the possibility that Rogue One would include the familiar Star Wars trope.

“I think that’s what we kind of telegraphed at the beginning of the event today.”

Rogue One director Gareth Edwards shared his thoughts too.

“I think basically there’s a lot of things that I probably can’t talk about, is probably the safest way to answer that,” he joked. “The idea is this film is supposed to be different than the saga films…the whole crawl of it all — it’s funny people are fascinated on that.”

However, back then the decision still hadn’t been made.

Now Star Wars News Net are saying that thanks to a reliable source of theirs, they are confident there will be no traditional opening crawl in Rogue One.

This source has also said that the film’s introduction of the story to the audience differs from the classic films in the series.

What do you think?

Should Rogue One have the traditional Star Wars Opening Crawl?  Let us know in the comments!


Rogue-One is a very different Star Wars movie

Star Wars special effects genius Neal Scanlan suggests Rogue One:A Star Wars Story will be a different take on the universe we know and love.


Scanlan spoke to CNET about British director for Rogue One, Gareth Edwards.


“What’s amazing and exciting about ‘Rogue One’, is that Gareth Edwards is a young, dynamic guy who’s brave enough to throw out the rule book. It’s very respectful, but he’s stamped his own personality on it.”


Scanlan himself also worked on the droids and creatures in The Force Awakens as well as Rogue One. 

He was speaking at a launch event for Gillette’s new Star Wars-branded Mach 3 razors. The accompanying advert was shot on the movie’s set with extras and production design that appears in the film, giving us another look at droids, vehicles and costumes glimpsed in trailers.

Scanlan was one of the crew who helped bring to life BB-8, the ball-shaped droid of “The Force Awakens”. From the moment J.J. Abrams first sketched the round robot on a napkin, Scanlan knew the cute droid would be something special. And now the effects whiz predicts “Rogue One” droid K-2SO will have a similar effect on audiences.

He describes the new droid K-2SO as “full of attitude” and very different from previous humanoid droid C-3PO.

The tall K-2SO is played by “Firefly” actor Alan Tudyk, whose performance was motion-captured while he wore stilt-like prosthetic legs. The sophisticated prosthetics let Tudyk jump around even though he was standing a foot above the ground, making K-2SO “the first droid with athletic prowess”.


K-2SO in Rogue One:A Star Wars Story
K-2SO in Rogue One:A Star Wars Story

“Something deep inside us knows when something is real,”

Scanlan says.

“It may not be as mind-blowing [as CGI], but we accept it in our heart and soul. We’re at the point where we can find a middle ground we haven’t fully explored yet, it’s a great place to be.”