'Star Wars': What Does an Obi-Wan Kenobi Film Need?

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry has been in talks to direct the spinoff.
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Doth Ewan McGregor protest too much? At Sunday's Golden Globes, the actor briefly addressed increased chatter about a possible Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars spinoff, saying, "There’s a lot of talk, and I’d be happy to play him again, but I don’t know anything more than you do." This came after a photo of McGregor training (and sporting a very Kenobi-like beard) circulated online, prompting new rounds of speculation following news breaking in August that Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry was in early talks to helm a film starring the character. 

McGregor starred in the Star Wars prequels as Kenobi from 1999-2005, and back in August, there was no word on an actor being attached to the project. Still, McGregor has long been beloved among Star Wars, and an Obi-Wan movie brings up a lot of fun prospects. Here is what some of the staff of Heat Vision would like to see in the possible standalone:

Ryan Parker: I would love for this movie have a Western feel, along the lines of Logan. I want to see a dirty, gritty, hopeless Tatooine where Kenobi survives as part hopeful peace-keeper, part disenfranchised vigilantly who remains in the shadows. And it would be a good excuse to work Vader back into a film. I would love to see a scene of him training, taking out his anger towards Kenobi on bots and showing his obsession with finding his former friend/master. 

Aaron Couch: The Logan comparison is a great guide post (minus the R-rating). That's the example that many fans expect and hope it will follow.  But is it a forgone conclusion that this is a Tatooine-based film? I've always imagined that Obi-Wan just hung out there for 20 years, but it's possible he went off-world for an adventure, right? As far as Vader, my instincts tell me he doesn't need to be in this film, but then again, Rogue One's best moments included Vader.

Graeme McMillan: Yeah, I'm not sure I want to see Darth Vader in the movie, either, especially given that they wouldn't get to meet during the whole thing. According to Star Wars canon, Kenobi pretty much hung around on Tatooine for years, watching over Luke from afar -- he's been shown doing so in the comics, and also Star Wars Rebels — but that's okay with me; I want to see Jawas and Tusken Raiders from whatever this movie would be more than anything else. 

Parker: I don’t want many laughs in this movie. It doesn’t have to be uber dark, but since Kenobi was a more serious character in the original trilogy, I would like to see that return here. Wasn’t a fan of the wise-cracking Kenobi from the prequels. 

McMillan: It'd have to be pretty dark, surely; I mean, Kenobi's in self-imposed exile after all the other Jedi have been killed, and he blames himself for it all. That doesn't sound like a laughfest. Even though I thought Rogue One was too dark, it'd only make sense for this to be equally as bleak, if not moreso.

Parker: As for a main villain, I think it would make sense to have some badass bounty hunter. And not Boba Fett, although he could be in there, but rather some other mysterious, masked hunter we’ve never seen before. Oh, and that hunter has to be impervious to The Force. It would be great to see Kenobi outwit this person.

Couch: One thing that's fun about this movie is it's something the fans are overwhelmingly excited about. It seems that McGregor is one of the few things from the prequels everyone embraces. And for those who worry it could taint things, just look at the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, which is enriching Breaking Bad, not taking away from it. The biggest risk would be to make Luke a main character, which I don't think they would dare do. How do you handle a young Luke? It seems like a small nod to him is essential. 

McMillan: The prequelness of Rogue One -- that it ended up leading directly into the first movie -- makes me a little nervous that a Kenobi movie would be filled with so many Easter eggs that it'd get in the way. Like, if it ended with Obi-Wan breaking one of Owen's droids so that he has to go to the Jawas to get a replacement... No, thank you. But I think Luke can be handled easily, by basically showing a little blonde moppet in the distance that Kenobi checks in on every now and then. Anything more feels too much.

Parker: I am fine if we don’t see little Luke, actually I would prefer it. Let’s just have this be Kenobi’s story of survival and unsung heroism. 

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