When it became clear that the Disney-owned Lucasfilm would indeed be venturing into the realm of Star Wars spinoff films, fans began dreaming up a pretty substantial wish list. A Han Solo film was high on the list, as was a Boba Fett film, but the potential movie that got arguably the most chatter from fans and journalists alike was a spinoff starring the legendary Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Now, it seems it's really happening.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Reader) is in "early talks" to direct a Kenobi movie which would join the Anthology series of spinoff films that already includes Rogue One and the upcoming Han Solo prequel. The development process is only just beginning, but if Daldry ends up taking on the project he would ultimately work on the script in close collaboration with Lucasfilm.
Lucasfilm is also reportedly considering spinoffs centered on Boba Fett and Yoda, but no directors or writers are mentioned in the report.
This always felt like an inevitable idea, particularly since Ewan McGregor, who played Kenobi in the prequel trilogy, is still age-appropriate to play a version of the character existing between the prequels and the original trilogy, when he spent time in seclusion on Tatooine, secretly guarding a young Luke Skywalker. McGregor has repeatedly expressed interest in returning to the role (if only in a jovial, talk show guest way) and even leant his voice to Rey's vision sequence in The Force Awakens. At this point it's not clear if McGregor would actually be invited back to play the role, but if the film did center on the Kenobi that exists between the trilogies (which is also not confirmed) it would be a little jarring if it wasn't him in the robes.
Obviously this news is just breaking so we'll keep you updated on any further details as needed. For now, Kenobi fans rejoice. The first Jedi knight we ever met in Star Wars is getting the spotlight back.