In an interview on Rebel Force Radio, Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican was confronted with the Obi-Wan Spin-off rumours, and although his answers were tentative, he voiced the opinion that we might see Kenobi return as early as Star Wars 8:
“I have heard rumors that the one reason they haven’t moved sooner on Obi-Wan is that they’re not done with Obi-Wan quite yet in the Saga films. So I wouldn’t be surprised to see an Obi-Wan thing happen beyond Episode IX. Which it would have to anyway, because they’re booked up until Episode IX.”
Certain corners of the internet have long insisted that Daisy Ridley’s Rey is a relative of beardy Ben. His absence was conspicuous in The Force Awakens, appearing only in a voicover which combined dialogue from Alec Guinness (the word “afraid” edited into “Rey”) and Ewan McGregor. Breznican wouldn’t reveal to what extent he expected Obi-Wan to appear in upcoming films, but did hint that he may continue to be an absent presence, guiding the events of the film from beyond the grave.
“I think that there’s bound to be some reference to Obi-Wan…..Some of this is sort of like doing CIA spywork, where you get little pieces of information and then you try to connect them. But I think that they’ll probably be some reference to Obi-Wan in the Saga films, and his connection to whatever characters he happens to have a connection with.”
“I’ve already written that I think that Rey has some kind of connection to him – family connection. So if that’s the case, maybe we see a part of that play out in the future Obi-Wan movie. Ewan McGregor would be the perfect age to reprise that [character]. So he seems game to do it, and I think [the movie] hasn’t been one they’ve greenlit just yet, but partly because they’re still shaping that story. So we’ll see. I think it’s – again – kind of a no-brainer.”
The first trailer for Episode VIII will debut at some point in the first quarter of 2017, although there is no exact date as of yet. In the mean time, the only way to get your Obi-Wan fix is to check out the Marvel Star Wars Comic, where regular flashbacks to his tatooine adventures give us a taste of what a Kenobi trilogy could look like. For now the rumours of his return in a starring role must be put to bed, at least until Episode IX has come and gone, but soon they’ll be back, and in greater numbers.