Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off will be direct prequel to A New Hope

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Ewan McGregor, who has played the character previously, is on record saying he would be "happy" to reprise the role but there has been no announcement about casting.

TMZ says it has obtained a newly-released production announcement from Disney, stating that the film will be titled Obi-Wan: A Star Wars Story. The synopsis reads as follows: "Obi-Wan is on Tatooine being an elusive hermit and stuff, but secretly watches over an infant Luke Skywalker, whom he delivered to his uncle, Owen". Tensions between a tribe of Sand People and local Tatooine farmers bring Obi-Wan out of hiding.

With talks of a Lando Calrissian film almost breaking the Internet yesterday, an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie would be the straw that breaks the camels back. According to one Twitter user (a self-declared "Star Wars" expert), at least part of it is lifted straight from the official synopsis of a 2014 novel called "Kenobi: Star Wars Legends". We already know "Solo" is created to start a new franchise and that Alden Ehrenreich signed a three-picture deal with Lucasfilm.

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More specifically, TMZ's shared what the plot could be about as well.

What should we make of these rumblings? We're going to take this rumor with a large grain of salt for now, and wait for further confirmation from the higher-ups. This seems to be a much more nuanced and grounded concept than the usually planet-hopping adventure of the rest of the franchise, yet could be very true to the original roots of the series, particularly the lone shogun and samurai influences of Kurosawa films.

Even though nothing is officially confirmed in regards to Ewan McGreggors involvement, Lucasfilm undoubtedly knows that it's Ewan or bust - or they would have an even angrier mob and riot on their hands than they do now. Join the Dork Side of the Force team! What in the world are you all waiting for, Lucasfilm? A report from last August mentioned Obi-Wan Kenobi was also getting a standalone tentpole, and now TMZ has early details on the spinoff.