REWIND: SPECULATION: The Lost Jedi: What An Obi-Wan Anthology Film Might Look Like?

NOTE: This article was posted on our site back in September 2015 (here), even before The Force Awakens was released. After the exciting news from yesterday we decided to revisit these speculations from several SWNN staff members about some potential story possibilities for an Obi-Wan stand alone movie. Enjoy!

 

 

There have been rumblings over the last few months. Rumblings is a hyperbolic term often used by entertainment industry reporters and/or film site writers to describe movement on a project and it’s key players. Those key players could include actors, writers, producers, and directors. In the Star Wars fandom world, there has been a great deal of rumblings regarding a potential Obi-Wan Kenobi film or films. Adding to this, Ewan McGregor, the only other live-action actor to portray the Obi-Wan aside from the late Sir Alec Guinness, has gone on record since Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2013 that he would be willing to return to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

 

These rumblings, coupled with McGregor’s vocal support, make an Obi-Wan film set between the end of Revenge of the Sith and the beginning of A New Hope extremely likely, if not, inevitable. The fan chorus for this film is only going to get louder, and with recent release of Marvel’s Star Wars #7, an issue dedicated entirely to a day in the life of Obi-Wan’s Tatooine purgatory/exile, the stories are already on Lucasfilm’s Story Group radar.

 

One thing to be sure of before moving on. This piece is ENTIRELY SPECULATION. SW7News has received NO insider information from ANY source about a Kenobi film or any other Kenobi story on Lucasfilm’s schedule. We are merely brainstorming and having a little fun here.  Please, please, please keep that in mind while you read ahead.  Ewan McGregor’s expressed interest is the only thing that raised our collective eyebrows. This piece reflects an email chain between it’s authors, DEKKA129 and Kyle.  These are their ideas of what a film might look like.

 

 

Let’s assume it’s a singular Anthology film.  As of yet, there is still one remaining Anthology film to be announced. We have Rogue One and Han Solo covered, and many fans speculate the last of the three films will be a Boba Fett story. Let’s pretend that Boba Fett will be a key player in either one or both Rogue One and Han Solo. Boba Fett fans will be sated considering he has been given a fair amount of screen time in the canon if you take the Prequel Trilogy, The Clone Wars, the Original Trilogy, and his numerous appearances in the new Marvel books (also a potential Rebels appearance). Let’s assume the Story Group decide to turn their focal point to answer questions that have been on many a-Star Wars fan’s mind: What was Obi-Wan Kenobi doing while waiting for Luke to grow-up? Did he ever leave to go on some “damned, fool idealistic crusade”? Did he ever help the Rebels before he got “too old for this sort of thing”?

 

Per Yoda’s instructions, Obi-Wan was to learn to become one with the Force at the end of Revenge of the Sith. We saw that was no short journey for Yoda and took him to some pretty far out places in the galaxy. Obi-Wan succeeds in this training, so we have to assume he at least left Tatooine for that. That journey could definitely play a huge part of an Anthology film’s plot. It’s new ground for a lot of casual fans that never followed The Clone Wars series and may not have interest in revisiting that period in the Star Wars canon. That would be interesting to see, no doubt, but it might not be enough to carry an entire, 2-hour film.

 

 

There is another pressing issue here. One of the most confusing things about the connective tissue from the Prequel Trilogy to the Sequel Trilogy is the turbulent relationship between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. The two of them bickered, often spoke of their resentments of the other, and generally did not seem to be very good friends. The Clone Wars did a pretty good job of trying to clean up this murky issue, but the only point in the Prequel Trilogy that suggests Obi-Wan’s emotional attachment to his former apprentice is when he cries out to a limbless Anakin after he has already condemned him to death. Obi-Wan never tried to save Anakin when he discovered his turn to the Dark Side. His mind was made up, with a push from Yoda, that Anakin was gone. There was no redemption…Obi-Wan went to Mustafar to take Anakin out.

 

Here’s the problem. Down the road, in Return of the Jedi, Darth Vader says to Luke, who is in the midst of trying to convince his father there is still a piece of the good Anakin Skywalker, “Obi-Wan once thought as you do…” Vader trails off for a moment before resuming. Those few seconds suggest there is another story about to be told about Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader.

 

So…we have a film that could involve Obi-Wan leaving Tatooine to complete his training. Let’s speculate a bit and say Obi-Wan sets off from Tatooine and along his way there he runs into a bump. The bump could be variety of things; his ship malfunctions and he has to land on an Imperial planet; he receives a distress call he cannot ignore; or he finds out an old friend (Bail Organa, Ahsoka Tano, etc.) needs his help. A writer could roll all of those into one: Obi-Wan is forced to land on an Imperial planet due to a ship malfunctioning, he encounters a cell of the burgeoning Rebel Alliance lead by someone he knew from the Clone Wars, and they need his help. Whatever the bind the Rebel cell is in, it has to be big enough for Obi-Wan to risk himself and the protection of Luke Skywalker. Perhaps the Rebels are going after the Emperor directly or trying to rescue a host of Jedi Knights that may be in captivity.

 

 

Remember these are hypotheticals, so insert whatever dilemma you like, but whatever it is, Obi-Wan lends his skills to the cause and off the film goes. Somewhere along this journey, Darth Vader gets involved. Obi-Wan is brought face-to-face with Vader by the end of the film and senses something he did not on Mustafar…Anakin Skywalker. Hear me out. In the new canon, a great deal of ink has been dedicated to the inner monologue of Darth Vader. If you have not read any of these yet, all you need to know is Vader is anything but settled in his turn to the Dark Side of the Force; whether it be his subservience to Darth Sidious or the death of Padme, Vader is a Sith Lord conflicted. The authors of these novels and comics, who are under the guidance of the Story Group, are no doubt planting the seeds leading to the climax in Return of the Jedi. Back to the Obi-Wan film, the Jedi Master feels these parts of Anakin growing inside of Vader and tries to convince the Sith Lord to embrace them and that it’s not too late. They duel, Vader dominates Obi-Wan, but does not kill him, and Obi-Wan escapes. Through some means, the filmmakers show Vader obviously let Obi-Wan escape, but it’s not obvious to Obi-Wan. Maybe it’s not obvious to Vader, either. The film ends with Obi-Wan completing his training and returning to his life on Tatooine. They could even throw a young Luke Skywalker cameo in there. Sound good?

 

 

There is also another possibility for an Obi-Wan film. In the early days of The Force Awakens plot and casting leaks, a character was rumored to be of Kenobi lineage. So, there’s that, and a Kenobi character very well could still play a crucial role in the Sequel Trilogy. Let’s pretend it is. Obi-Wan Kenobi is no longer a Jedi Knight and is no longer bound by their codes. Say Obi-Wan sets off on this journey to complete his Yoda-assigned training, encounters a Rebel cell, decides to help them, but instead of the aforementioned Vader conflict, it turns into a love/adventure story. Scratch Vader out all together and replace him with some up and coming, Imperial sap who is trying to move up the ranks by catching Obi-Wan themselves. As we learn with each new story in the canon featuring Vader, plenty of people were trying to step over him to get in Palpatine’s good graces. Scratch out Vader and the Imperials all together and make it a world that is something of a criminal hub. Have Obi-Wan working against whatever crime syndicate controls the world with the Imperials never getting a whiff of the seemingly forgotten Jedi Master.

 

Obi-Wan, who lost a woman he cared for, Satine Kryze of Mandalore, in the Clone Wars, embraces his attraction to whoever this new lady is, and they “get busy”. By the end of the film, Obi-Wan and she agree they have their own causes to fight for. He needs to return to Tatooine to watch over Luke and she needs to keep fighting the Empire. They go their separate ways with the knowledge they will probably never one and other again. The film never outright says she is pregnant with Obi-Wan’s child and that is something only explained in the Sequel Trilogy (which will have concluded by the time this Anthology film is released).

 

If a Kenobi shows up in the Sequel Trilogy fans are going to be screaming for an explanation. It would be pretty convenient at a ComicCon or Celebration panel to announce an Obi-Wan Kenobi Anthology film promising to tell the story of how a descendant of the Jedi Master came to be. In the Sequel Trilogy, the (grand)child, who at this point is an adult, could say their father’s identity and their Force abilities were hidden from them most of their adult life to protect them. The story of how another Kenobi came to be would be a mighty-big plot hole to leave in the Sequel Trilogy, but if fans knew a film was in the pipeline to explain this they would probably be a little forgiving. The Sequel Trilogy would also serve as a perfect tool to pump this Obi-Wan Anthology film up, as it would tell the backstory of a well-established Star Wars character (the (grand)son/(grand)daughter of Kenobi) while adding more to Obi-Wan’s story.

 

 

Theoretically, Darth Vader could show up in this scenario, as well. Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader often spent a great deal of time meditating. This is expanded upon in the new canon and we could find Vader reaching out through the Force. Perhaps Vader gets close to finding Luke or Leia, and Obi-Wan throws his presence in front of it. They communicate through the Force, ala some sort of dream state, and Obi-Wand senses good in Vader. Vader tells Obi-Wan he’s foolish for thinking that and warns him to stay away. For a few moments, Obi-Wan really picks up on the shreds of Anakin, but then Vader sends the chills Kanan, Ezra, and Asohka felt in the last episode of Rebels; Obi-Wan is left convinced his former apprentice is forever lost.

 

(And here’s a more recent addition to the story possibilities by our own Tim Levers:)

 

I think they have a great opportunity if they get this Obi-Wan film off the ground to use the combo of McGregor and Joel Edgerton together. I feel like they could really do something with that pairing.

I could also see them pulling back Sam Jackson for this one as well. I can see a scenario where Mace comes in all grizzled and angry and tries to pull Kenobi in on a suicide mission to go take out Vader and the Emperor (Like Unforgiven on Tattoine). They could easily play up the drama with Uncle Owen and Kenobi abandoning protecting Luke to go with him (spurring on their animosity) and explore themes of revenge and anger in Mace and how Obi-Wan rejects them and tries and fails to turn Vader.

Could make for a great and dramatic movie with one of the better actor line-ups available to a Star Wars film while incorporating some prequel elements in a more OT gritty style.

I don’t like the idea of the standalone films relying too much on existing characters, but have to admit I’d be really excited if this is the next one. I think Ewan could do great things with Obi-Wan under the proper circumstances.

 

 

There are many possibilities of how a Kenobi Anthology film could be made. These are just hypotheticals posed by myself. It is entirely speculative and everyone probably has their own idea of what Kenobi did in those years between the established trilogies. Everyone’s ideas and speculations have merit, but fans should rest assured whomever Kathleen Kennedy and the Lucasfilm team decide to bring onboard to write the stories in whatever medium it ends being told in, will no doubt find someone capable of telling a great story, whatever that story ends up being.

 

However this Anthology film or Obi-Wan’s story is told, fans should assume there is more Obi-Wan on the way. Whether that is in print, pixels, or celluloid remains to be seen; but  it would make NO SENSE for the powers-that-be to ignore one of the great Star Wars characters. We could watch a man tormented and driven by his own guilt, trying to make a small difference in the galaxy that he believes his mistakes altered terribly.

 

 

There is no reason to believe Disney is going to stop writing big checks and green-lighting Star Wars projects across all media. Let’s hope some of those checks have the words “Kenobi Film” scrolled in the lower left hand MEMO box.

 

What do you all think? What are your thoughts for further Obi-Wan Kenobi adventures? Join or start that conversation in The Cantina!

 

 

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Kyle Larson lives in Portland, Oregon. When he's not running trails, he's reading and writing.

Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson lives in Portland, Oregon. When he's not running trails, he's reading and writing.

23 thoughts on “REWIND: SPECULATION: The Lost Jedi: What An Obi-Wan Anthology Film Might Look Like?

  • August 18, 2017 at 7:12 pm
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    It might be fun to incorporate a scene of how the Kraayt dragon skeleton got there on Tatooine. Maybe young Jabba let it loose on Obi-wan.

    • August 19, 2017 at 5:57 am
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      Actually that is a Kraayt idea for a storyline.

      • August 19, 2017 at 2:20 pm
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        Brilliant!

  • August 18, 2017 at 7:42 pm
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    I think there is a ton of possible avenues for an Obi-wan film, that take him off planet away from Luke and could even include Vader if set early in the exile.

    They need to keep away from throwing in other characters though, so Tim’s idea on Mace I’m afraid to say is plain awful. Vader is possible from the throw away comment from Vader in RotJ as mentioned, please no Jabba, Greedo, Boba, or whomever, unless a story really requires them.

  • August 18, 2017 at 7:45 pm
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    The only thing I want to see is a grieving Obi-Wan and the force ghost of Qui-Gon helping him through it.

    • August 18, 2017 at 7:47 pm
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      Oh, yes, whatever the time they set this in, we need more Liam Neeson, he’s got a set of skills…

  • August 18, 2017 at 8:02 pm
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    Things I want to see:
    1. Obi-Wan comunicating with Qui Gon, and learning how to become one with the force when the time comes
    2. Jacob Tremblay, as young Luke, he is amazing actor, even if it’s just a cameo
    3. Inquisitor as the main villain. Vader sends him with 501st to kill remaining Jedi, and that’s what he does, we see him killing a bunch of them on multiple planets. But one mistake he makes, he finds about Obi-Wan, and goes after him (where final duel will happen, on Tatooine) but he doesn’t inform Vader about discovering where Obi-Wan is, because he was too confident he will capture him, and bring him to Vader himself, and that’s why Vader doesn’t know about Obi-Wan, protecting Luke on Tatooine, because Inquisitor went alone for Obi-Wan, and that’s the finale of the movie, Obi-Wan vs Inquisitor and 501st protecting Luke https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6942b39f765922332a022d5f9a91076121a3244d5bcea460622e1eaa3bfd71ec.jpg

    • August 18, 2017 at 9:03 pm
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      501st protecting Luke? I like the concept, but the finale is a bit like Obi-wan vs Maul all over again.

  • August 18, 2017 at 8:37 pm
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    This might be why Ahsoka Tano’s fate was left ambiguous on Star Wars Rebels. If she survived (badly hurt), it could be because a fragment of Anakin let her live. She could find Obi Wan in the Obi Wan solo movie. Anakin letting her live could give Obi Wan one last bit of hope and he goes to try to bring Anakin back, one last time. Ahsoka would stay behind to watch over Luke. Obi Wan fails and returns to find Ahsoka close to succumbing to her injuries. Either that or something happens to her while Obi Wan is gone. Obi Wan can give Ahsoka a fitting farewell…which would also explain why Ben and Yoda never mention her to Luke.

  • August 18, 2017 at 10:01 pm
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    The story can only be someone has found out about Luke and Obi Wan must stop them before before the Emperor or Vader detect it as well.

  • August 18, 2017 at 10:20 pm
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    The speculation in this article does rise some interesting options. Personally I really can’t see a Star Wars movie ever being restricted to just one planet. It’s in the DNA of its movies to have planet hopping throughout. I would like to see the likes of Vader and Boba Fett return, and for Obi-Wan to participate in one last mission before the events of Episode IV. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/425afba5767ec9c9718b948a837cef51d61bd26d83192e950c5e6f9a28ef4471.png

  • August 18, 2017 at 11:16 pm
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    I’ve always wondered what happened after Revenge of the Sith for Vader to say to Luke “Obi-Wan once thought as you do”. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love another meeting between Vader and Ben but Lucasfilm would have to be extremely careful. In A New Hope it sure looks like Obi-Wan is seeing Vader in his suit for the first time.

    • August 19, 2017 at 5:51 am
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      But what if they meet, and even fight, without much dialog and it’s only later, as Ben reflects alone, that he’s like “holy shit…was that…?”

    • August 19, 2017 at 9:30 am
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      I just took that line as Luke believing in him as Kenobi once did.

  • August 18, 2017 at 11:51 pm
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    Is Liam Neeson gonna come out? As a Qui Gon ghost?

    • August 20, 2017 at 12:58 am
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      Director is still in talks and there isn’t anything resembling a script, which means they are pretty far from casting (at least, as far as the rumors go).

  • August 19, 2017 at 4:16 am
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    THE RAID ON FOR TUSCAN if they don’t do this then forget it! it should take place only on Tatooine it would be good to get away from the empire and see a different kind of action with different stakes! that mention that Biggs made about uncle Owen being able to hold off a whole tribe of sand people with a single blaster in the Star Wars novelization sent chills in my spinet think of the fort being raided and the Tatooine farmers being overwhelmed and obi wan showing up would be screen magic! think the road warrior…

  • August 19, 2017 at 9:34 am
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    The conflict between Owen & Kenobi I want to be shown. Is everyone forgetting that? Also I think he was only know by some on Tatooine as the hermit “Ben” and at some point before A New Hope, The Lars let it slip that his last name is Kenobi to Luke. There could even be a flashback to when Anakin builds the new lightsaber, mentioning how he built the new one to last and how he’d like to pass it on to a worthy apprentice someday. Flashbacks are ok in the standalones as Rogue One showed.

  • August 19, 2017 at 11:30 am
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    What is not clear between the prequel trilogy is the motivation for two quotes. “You cant win Darth, if you strike me down…” and “Obi Wan once thought as you do.. I must obey my master”.

    On the first point, from Vader’s perspective it is a weird thing to say. I mean becoming a force ghost that can be anywhere and being basically indestructible is undeniably powerful, but according to the existing on screen story there is no explanation of why Vader should know about this.

    On the second point, I don’t think we ever saw Obi Wan try to bring Anakin back, or any act of Palpatines power on Vader to force him / manipulate him to not run away.

    Once Obi Wan learns this incredible power, or rather how to commune with the dead while being alive and how to retain form after death, it is possible he tries in person or in some spiritual form to win Anakin back.

    I think at end of Revenge of the Sith this is not at all where he is at. But after some years of reflection and regret possibly he feels differently.

    At some point Anakin learns this power before Return of the Jedi. At least we know that Obi Wan started to learn this from instruction by Yoda. However, it is not clear how Anakin learnt that skill.

    The animosity between Obi Wan and Owen is also an open one.

    I am not one who wants everything explained but for me the above are the possibilities.

    • August 19, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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      As an additional point, a war torn man on a sandy planet reflecting on the past may give some opportunity to explore who kenobi was before Phantom Menace. Especially if he starts delving into unnatural force powers it might take his mind to some other places.

  • August 19, 2017 at 2:13 pm
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    In my opinion they have choosen Obi-Wan to complete some kind of coherence story line (3 anthology films set between 3 and 4) and also complete some cool story lines that probably will be explained in 8 and they are so interesting in the Comics (the books of the Jedi, the doubts of Ben Kenobi, the family…).
    For me it has sense.
    After this, anthology films should go in other directions.

  • August 20, 2017 at 2:28 am
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    What to say….this is the first spin off I am truly looking forward to see…

  • August 21, 2017 at 2:01 pm
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    I hope they show how Mace Windu turns into Snoke in the Obi-Wan film

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