We are in a golden period for Star Wars fans. Along with the latest trilogy, we have a number of standalone films, which means we have a Star Wars film released every year until at least 2020. While we have known that 2015, 2017 and 2019 were reserved for Episodes VII, VII and IX, the standalone films have provided much to speculate for fans. Questions about when they will be set and who they will feature have led to many a late night heated debate on the interwebs.
Now we have had Rogue One, which featured on the rebels stealing the plans for the Death Star and leading beautifully into Episode IV: A New Hope. Next year sees the release of the second standalone film, an as-yet-untitled feature on everyone’s favourite smuggler, Han Solo and his early adventures pre-Luke and Leia days. However, just where that film will finish remains to be seen. Could this also work directly into A New Hope? But just who will the third standalone, due in 2020, showcase? We might be getting an answer to that question in the next few months, with many claiming that we will be revisiting Obi-Wan Kenobi.
There has been no confirmation whatsoever about this rumour, but still it persists. So much so that Ewan McGregor, the Obi-Wan of the prequels, has weighed in on the possibility.
“There’s no official offer, and I haven’t met them about it or anything,” McGregor tells EW. “But I’ve always said that I’d be happy to do it if they wanted to do it. It would be a good segue between the last episode of the prequels and the new episodes. I think they’ve got films to make until the 2020s, so I don’t think it’s going to happen soon if it happens at all.”
Could there be something in that? Could all the standalone episodes somehow converge with the beginning of A New Hope? Definitely something to consider and would all tie-in nicely, though perhaps a bit too neatly.
While Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy has not commented on the Obi-Wan rumours, she has alluded to when we might know more about the next standalone film. Speaking to MTV at last weekend’s Star Wars Celebration, Kennedy revealed, “I think we’re getting close. My hope would be [to announce the next standalone film] sometime around the summer. I never want to predict the creative process because it is its own thing, so we’re in the midst of those discussions right now.”
With D23 and San Diego Comic-Con set for weekends in July, no doubt they are hoping to cash in on the fans and publicity surrounding those events. Fingers crossed at least.
Although this standalone film is still quite a way off, we only have to wait till December 15 for The Last Jedi to hit screens. That certainly makes the next eight months seem like nothing at all.