Lucasfilm are reportedly looking at brining an Obi Wan movie our way in the not too distant future, and they have already reportedly hired a director. Well, we say hired – they are in early talks at the moment, and the man with the task of bringing an origin story revolving around Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has been played by both Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor, is none other than Billy Elliott, The Hours and The Crown helmer Stephen Daldry.

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Stephen Daldry in talks to direct Obi Wan movie

Daldry is set to be involved at script level on the planned film, which will follow the previous stand-alone Star Wars movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and the forthcoming Han Solo film, which is in-production for a 2018 release.

The original story for the news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, who also state that the studio are also looking at bringing movies centering on Yoda and bounty hunter Boba Fett, among other characters.

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Daldry is an accomplished film and theatre director, and has been nominated for an Academy Award on his three movies Billy Elliott, The Hours and The Reader. His work on The Crown, a Netflix based series which revolves around the early life of Queen Elizabeth II, has also won him acclaim with an Emmy nomination. He has directed a variety of theatre productions, including The Audience, with Helen Mirren, and the stage version of the hit Billy Elliott, a musical which is still delighting audiences around the world today.

Daldry is also attached to helm a film version of the hit Broadway musical Wicked, a project that has been in-development for quite some time.

There’s no timeline on the Obi Wan movie presently, or whether it will be the next one to ‘go’ over at Lucasfilm, but as ever, we’ll keep you posted.

SOURCEThe Hollywood Reporter