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.