The Obi Wan Movie Could Start Production in Early 2019

By Tom Pritchard on at

A few months ago we finally got some sort of confirmation that the long-demanded stand alone Obi Wan Kenobi movie was happening, giving one of the franchise's best characters the chance to shine on screen once more. While Lucasfilm still hasn't officially confirmed it's happening, word is that production will kick off in early 2019.

Omega Underground is reporting that while the film is still in the early stages of development (with no director confirmed to have signed on), Lucasfilm plans to start filming little over a year from now at Pinewood Studios - presumably for a May 2020 release. provided there are no issues with production, that would put the film six months after Episode IX, a year after Solo, and well away from the December release slot that's currently occupied by Avatar 2.

We don't know much about the film, but past reports claimed that Stephen Daldry was in talks to direct and that the film's working title was Joshua Tree. We don't know if Daldry is still attached to the project, but it's been pointed out that the working title seems like a reference to Joshua Tree National Park in the California desert. Many have speculated that means the film will be set during Obi Wan's 19-year exile on Tattooine, which we've only had glimpses of in comics and that one episode of Rebels.

Omega Underground is also reporting that the Boba Fett movie is back on, after being quietly cancelled after director Josh Trank left the initial project back in 2015. The site claims production is back on under the old working title of Tin Can, with Simon Kinerg and Lawrence Kasdan set to producer. The two had been down to produce the initial film, though it obviously never came to pass and Kasdan said the upcoming Solo would be the end of his Star Wars career.

Take that story with a bit more scepticism, particularly since the earliest it's likely to come out is 2021 - which means it's three and a half to four years away from release. That's provided, of course, that Lucasfilm doesn't go ahead and announce Episode X for that year instead.

The Obi Wan movie production schedule makes a lot more sense, and with The Last Jedi hitting cinemas in three days time (!) we're bound to be hearing more about Lucasfilm's post-Episode IX plans. [Omega Underground via Screenrant]

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