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In case anyone really thought Disney & Lucasfilm would skip a Star Wars movie in 2020, stop wondering.
When a recent Disney film schedule was released, people were quick to jump on the fact there are no scheduled Star Wars films after Episode IX. Considering how these films are performing, there is little chance we will go a full calendar year without a new film in a galaxy far, far away for a very long time. It just hasn’t been announced yet.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has revealed in recent interviews that the next “A Star Wars Story” film will be determined some time in June. That doesn’t necessarily mean that will be when it is shared with the public, but work can commence on it at that point.
My personal bet is on it being the long-rumored, and desired, Obi-Wan film. Ewan McGregor has been very vocal that he is up for it, and fans pretty much universally agree he was the best part of the prequel trilogy. Additionally, there is a 20 year span of his life that hardly anything is known about. What was he doing out in the deserts of Tatooine for the 20 years he watched over a young Luke Skywalker? The most recent season of Rebels showed us one little interlude, but there is still a wide swath of his life we know nothing about.
For instance, and this is a small thing, how did he become to be known as Ben Kenobi? Sure, he may have just started calling himself that, but did Ben mean something to him? And seeing as Han and Leia named their son Ben – before he became Kylo Ren – there must be something more to that. Also, did he have any interaction with Owen and Beru during those 20 years? He says when he gives the lightsaber to Luke that “your uncle wouldn’t allow it,” so were their discussions about Luke training? (although, that scene is filled with lies from Obi-Wan, so take it with a grain of salt.)
There are vocal contingents out there that wants a Boba Fett or Yoda movie, but those can really be done at any time. We only have so much more time that McGregor can pull this off. I say we get there and get it done first.