Rumor of the day: Will Ewan McGregor bring Obi-Wan Kenobi to Episode IX?

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Jun 25, 2018, 10:20 AM EDT

It’s been nearly two decades since he’s appeared in a Star Wars film, but if this still-sketchy rumor proves true — and for the time being, we should probably take it with a Crait-sized grain of salt — Ewan McGregor might just be returning to the franchise to help J.J. Abrams close out the the Skywalker saga.

Citing “[a] source” (see? we told you this was just a rumor), British tabloid The Sun is reporting that Obi-Wan will have scenes in Episode IX, and that McGregor, whom we last saw on the high ground in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, is “secretly” committed to play the part. 

“A source said: ‘Ewan will secretly film for the next Star Wars movie,’” the Sun report reads. “Disney have been mulling over a stand-alone film for Obi-Wan. There have been concerns about getting the story right.”

Well, that last part sounds less like a rumor, at this point, than the sort of common-knowledge background noise that Star Wars fans take for granted. Along with a Boba Fett-themed movie, a much-buzzed Obi-Wan standalone film is among the pair of spinoff projects under the microscope over the past week, as conflicting reports (and denials from Disney and Lucasfilm) surround the near future of the Star Wars movie-verse in the wake of Solo: A Star wars Story’s comparatively poor box office.

It’s way too early to know whether this rumor — unlike Anakin on the lava-scorched shores of Mustafar — has legs. So there’s really no way to know whether, or how, a potential appearance by McGregor as Obi-Wan in Episode IX might affect Disney’s other movie plans for the character. The Playlist reported an equally sketchy Obi-Wan rumor over the weekend, suggesting that Disney might reserve a standalone Kenobi movie as an enticement for sign-ups to its forthcoming streaming service.

One thing we can say with a far greater measure of certainty is that, with or without McGregor, Episode IX is definitely coming. Abrams’ Skywalker Saga finale is scheduled to force its way into theaters on Dec. 20, 2019.