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Star Wars is back, baby! And better than ever. There’s a new Obi-Wan Kenobi movie in the works over at Disney, and I thought it was time to chime in with five actors who could easily step into the role if Ewan McGregor doesn’t come back to don the brown robes. So let’s take a look at five actors who could play Obi-Wan who aren’t Ewan McGregor…
This just makes too much sense. Depp has been Disney’s pride and joy since Pirates of the Caribbean launched a billion dollar franchise for the House of the Mouse. And let’s face it, audiences could potentially start tiring of Captain Jack Sparrow in another four or five installments. Johnny Depp has the charisma and defined acting chops that »
- Anghus Houvouras
Star Wars has always been able to attract the great and the good. Even before the saga was a surefire hit, the first film managed to nab respected thespian Alec Guinness to play Obi-Wan Kenobi (despite the actor’s infamous indifference towards the material).
That’s only continued over the decades as well, as more of Hollywood’s finest have become fans of the franchise and are now clambering to appear in it. This came to a head in The Force Awakens, which contained more celebrity cameos than you can shake a lightsaber at, and it’s a trend which looks set to continue into Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, too.
While rumors have continued to circulate in regards to which familiar faces stopped by the set of Episode VIII for a quick cameo, star John Boyega has now come out and confirmed who exactly will be appearing in the film. »
- Matt Joseph
Head to the movies this weekend to see Logan Lucky, and you'll see more than Steven Soderbergh ending his moviemaking retirement phase and returning to the big screen. (You've been greatly missed, sir.) You'll see more than just Channing Tatum and Adam Driver playing down-on-their-luck Southern brothers who hatch a plan to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway. You'll even see more than Daniel Craig sporting a bottle-blond crop-cut hairdo and Seth MacFarlane sporting something on his head that looks like a cross between a mullet, a Jheri curl and roadkill. »
Lucasfilm are reportedly looking at brining an Obi Wan movie our way in the not too distant future, and they have already reportedly hired a director. Well, we say hired – they are in early talks at the moment, and the man with the task of bringing an origin story revolving around Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has been played by both Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor, is none other than Billy Elliott, The Hours and The Crown helmer Stephen Daldry.
Image // Lucasfilm Stephen Daldry in talks to direct Obi Wan movie
Daldry is set to be involved at script level on the planned film, which will follow the previous stand-alone Star Wars movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and the forthcoming Han Solo film, which is in-production for a 2018 release.
The original story for the news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, who also state that the studio are also looking »
- Paul Heath
Star Wars is adding another film to the franchise! On Thursday, it was announced that Lucasfilm's next spinoff will focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi. Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry, who directed the 2000 drama Billy Elliot, is reportedly in "early talks" to take the reins on the standalone film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. So far, sources say the project has no script and a general story for the film remains under wraps. Maybe it will acknowledge whether or not the character really does have a connection to Rey? In previous films, the character - a legendary Jedi master and mentor to both Anakin and Luke Skywalker - was portrayed by Ewan McGregor (in Star Wars: Episode I, II, III) and by Alec Guinness in the original trilogy. Details are still scarce about casting as well, but it's worth noting that McGregor has made his desire to reprise the character known (he's »
- Quinn Keaney
Buried in The Hollywood Reporter’s scoop concerning Obi-Wan Kenobi (spoilers: the wise old Jedi Master is finally about to get his own spinoff!) was an all-too-brief update regarding those fabled Star Wars anthology movies for Yoda and Boba Fett.
They’re still on the table, essentially, with THR noting that Lucasfilm is still “considering movies centering on Yoda and bounty hunter Boba Fett, among other characters.” Exactly who (or what) those other characters are, though, is a total mystery at this early stage and frankly, given the embryonic Obi-Wan pic is currently without a script – word is Stephen Daldry has entered negotiations to direct – don’t expect any firm answers to arise anytime soon.
- Michael Briers
The Force is strong with this Star Wars spin-off. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a standalone film focusing on Obi-Wan Kenobi is in the works. Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry is in early talks to bring to the project to life, and as of now, THR reports there is no script. If it moves forward, Daldry will reportedly oversee development and writing with Lucasfilm. Both Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness have portrayed the beloved Jedi-Master, though details remain scarce as to who would reprise the role and in what time period the space epic would take place. Guinness, who died in 2000 at the age of 86, received an Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actor »
A standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi film is set to join the ever-expanding Star Wars universe.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the project is at a very early stage but has already attracted the Oscar-nominated film-maker Stephen Daldry, who is in negotiations to direct. If he joins the film, he will develop from script level with Lucasfilm.
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- Guardian staff
Deadline has confirmed that Disney is in early talks with three-time Oscar nominated director Stephen Daldry on a Star Wars standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. No word on casting and at this time there is no deal and no script. In the early millennium prequels from George Lucas, Ewan McGregor played the younger notable Jedi mentor to Luke Skywalker made famous by Alec Guinness’ turn in the original Star Wars trilogy of the 1970s and 1980s. A Ben Kenobi movie has been in the… »
The character appeared in the first six “Star Wars” films, first played by Alec Guinness in Episodes 4-6 and then by Ewan McGregor in Episodes 1-3. Kenobi is best known as the Jedi master who first trained Anakin Skywalker, who would later turn to the dark side and became Darth Vader. Kenobi would then go on to train Skywalker’s son Luke before falling to Vader in “Star Wars: A New Hope.”
Netflix in Talks With Disney on Marvel, ‘Star Wars’ Movies for 2019 and Beyond
There is not yet a script or a writer »
- Justin Kroll
The Star Wars universe is on a seemingly unstoppable roll at the moment, and that looks set to continue well into the future. After the smashing success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and with a Han Solo prequel now in development, Lucasfilm has gone ahead and announced their next spinoff. And no surprises for guessing what it is.
Yes, as we all predicted, it’ll revolve around none other than Obi-Wan Kenobi and as THR tells us, Stephen Daldry is in talks to direct. From what we understand, the project is without a script and still in the very, very early stages of development. As such, it’s unclear if Ewan McGregor will pick up the lightsaber for this Star Wars offshoot, though given how keen the Scot has been in the past, we’re inclined to believe McGregor will sign on without a second’s hesitation. »
- Matt Joseph
The “Star Wars” universe is getting much bigger.
As long suspected, The Hollywood Reporter shares that the sci-fi juggernaut series is teeing up a brand new spinoff feature, this one rumored to focus on Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. The outlet reports that Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry “is in early talks for the film,” which would focus on the fan favorite, who has been played over the years by both Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor.
Details on the project are scarce, as “sources say talks are at the earliest of stages and that the project has no script. If a deal makes, Daldry would oversee the development and writing with Lucasfilm brass. It’s not known at this stage if Ewan McGregor will reprise his role.”
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- Kate Erbland
When it comes to the Star Wars movies, it's hard to imagine anyone else in the iconic roles of heroes like Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia. Even the Star Wars prequels most aggressive critics will admit that Ewan McGregor shined as Obi-Wan Kenobi, the character fans of the galaxy far, far away first encountered as embodied by the late Sir Alec Guinness. But as with any film, the casting process is, well, a process. And there have been plenty of legendary actors who almost made their way into this galaxy from a long time ago and very far, far away.
Most fans know that Kurt Russell was among the actors considered for the role of everyone's favorite scruffy nerf herder, Han Solo. He even screen tested with aspiring Luke Skywalker William Katt, who would later star as television's Greatest American Hero. Karen Allen auditioned for Princess Leia, a »
Another day, another round of Star Wars: The Last Jedi rumors to sift through. And this latest one is a little out there, so stick with us.
First reported by The Cheat Sheet, reputable YouTuber Mike Zeroh has pieced together an intriguing report on the Force Tree, a cornerstone of Jedi lore that has been referenced multiple times across The Clone Wars, Shattered Empire and even the newly-launched animated series, Forces of Destiny. It’s a beacon of hope for the Jedi Order, essentially, and it’s said to play a prominent role in The Last Jedi as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) begins his soul-searching after witnessing the destruction of his Jedi Academy at the hands of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).
In fact, according to Zeroh’s findings, Disney has plans in place to construct a life-size replica of the Force Tree within Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which »
- Michael Briers
Star Wars is a franchise that has been around for four full decades. Its impact on pop culture is undeniable, and yet if there’s one thing that’s been proven is that folks don’t get tired about hearing about all the stories surrounding its making. It seems like every year, some new bits of information surface, and it makes for an incredibly interesting archaeological project of sorts. No matter how deep we dig, or how carefully we clean up the artifact, there always seems to be plenty of new discoveries.
This latest story comes courtesy of the man himself, Mark Hamill, and chronicles a little side-tale between him and Sir Alec Guinness, the presence behind the original Obi-Wan Kenobi. It’s worth mentioning that at the time of production, most everyone involved in the project thought it was doomed to fail. It was a strange sci-fi film with »
- Joseph Medina
- Mansoor Mithaiwala
In Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Obi-Wan (Alec Guinness) are in desperate need of transportation. They need to flee from the desert planet Tatooine to Alderaan, the home planet of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). In a cantina, they meet and quickly hire Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and their ship, Millennium Falcon, for a small down payment, with a sizable additional payment promised upon completion of the mission. Watch the introductory scene below. Captain of the Millennium Falcon on Disney Video It's a memorable introduction of the swashbuckling Solo, whose mercenary ways are tested time and again throughout the movie as he is slowly drawn to the higher purposes of the adventure. His first real test...
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- Peter Martin
13 July 2017 10:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Han Solo got duped into giving a strange old man and cocky young farm boy a ride in the original script for Star Wars: A New Hope. And in honor of Harrison Ford's 75th birthday Thursday, it's time to take a look back on what could have been.
In the final version of the 1977 classic, Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) and overly eager Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) agreed to give Solo (Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) an upfront amount, plus a handsome sum afterward, for a lift to Alderaan. Han only agreed to help when they got in deeper after »
- Ryan Parker
The actor, who played Dirk Bogarde’s blackmailing boyfriend in the 1961 film, reflects on how it changed attitudes – including his own – to homosexuality six years before decriminalisation
Victim was one of those rare films that actually made a difference. Its sympathetic portrayal of homosexuality in 1960s Britain helped pave the way for decriminalisation, six years later, via the 1967 Sexual Offences Act. The Act’s chief architect, Lord Arran, even wrote to Victim’s star, Dirk Bogarde, thanking him. The movie smuggled its courageous campaigning into British cinemas in the guise of an accessible London mystery thriller, in which Bogarde’s respectable, married barrister is drawn into a sprawling blackmail plot by Barrett, a young, gay construction worker, with whom he has been photographed. Peter McEnery, who played Barrett, reminisces on the experience. Sr
I had no reservations at all about taking the role; it was a good part. And I »
- Peter McEnery and Steve Rose
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