Although it has still yet to be confirmed, there have been heavy rumors regarding the future of an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off movie. The success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a huge boost to the brand, and although there have been problems along the way with Solo: A Star Wars Story, fans are ready for Ewan McGregor to return to the franchise. The actor has stated many times that he’d love to return, but also that there is nothing official in the works as of yet.
McGregor’s performance as Kenobi in the three prequel movies is often praised by fans and critics as one of the few — if not the only –great things about the trilogy. There’s a 20-year period in which the old Jedi hid on the desert planet of Tatooine, and that is ripe for exploration. We took a look at a handful of familiar characters that we’d love to see appear in the hypothetical Kenobi: A Star Wars Story.
In Star Wars: A New Hope, there are hints that Uncle Owen and Obi-Wan had some sort of falling out. Luke’s uncle dismisses Kenobi as just an old wizard, which would surprise anyone that somehow saw Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith prior to A New Hope. Kenobi, after all, is the one that brought Luke to Lars and his wife, Beru, in the first place.
There is little explanation of the rift between Lars and Kenobi, other than a later comment by the Jedi that Luke’s uncle wishes Anakin Skywalker had stayed on Tatooine and not gotten involved in the Clone Wars (a comment that is heavily retconned by the prequels). All of that is to say, it would be somewhat satisfying if a portion of Kenobi’s story shows us how he had planned to train Luke to be a Jedi when he was a young boy, only to be stiff-armed by Lars on the topic. We don’t even need to see Luke, just maybe a single scene early on with Uncle Owen.
Jabba the Hutt
There’s no better “bad guy” for a movie based on Tatooine than the most famous crime lord on the planet, Jabba the Hutt. Fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will know that Kenobi is very familiar with Jabba and his dealings, and having the Jedi sitting in Jabba’s cross-hairs could make for a very entertaining movie.
If nothing else, it would be fun to see Jabba’s Palace recreated on the big screen once again. After the CGI appearances of the Hutt in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and the special edition release of A New Hope, it would also be pretty cool to see Star Wars go back to its roots with the large puppet version of Jabba. Much like Star Wars: The Last Jedi did with puppet Yoda.
There is a scene toward the end of Revenge of the Sith in which Yoda tells Obi-Wan that he is going to teach him how to commune with his old master, Qui-Gon Jin. This seems like somewhat of a throwaway moment, given that it’s the only mention of Jin since his death at the end of The Phantom Menace, and nothing else comes of it. But given that we are to assume that Kenobi followed through with contacting Qui-Gon through the Force, it wouldn’t be out of place to have Liam Neeson play the character one more time.
The truth is, Qui-Gon is a major character in the Kenobi storyline. He trained Obi-Wan from when he was a young boy, truthfully spending more time with him than Kenobi did with his apprentice, Anakin. It might feel like fan-service to resurrect Jin as a Force ghost 20 years after the character was originally killed off, but it really would fit for Kenobi to seek wisdom from his old master while in isolation.
This one might be kind of a reach, and in fact could be a bit of fan service. Bail Organa, played by Jimmy Smits, made his return to the Star Wars franchise in a well-received cameo appearance in Rogue One. During a conversation with Mon Mothma at the rebel base on Yavin IV, Organa alludes to Kenobi’s presence on Tatooine and promises to send for his help.
There’s no loose end here. Organa was keenly aware at the end of Revenge of the Sith that Obi-Wan was taking baby Luke to the desert planet and going into hiding. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t had any contact over the last 20 years, at the very least to share information. Kenobi would want to know what’s going on with the Empire, while Organa would want to be sure he knew exactly where to find his old friend in the event that they needed his help at some point in the future. Tatooine isn’t exactly a small planet.
We know that Boba Fett got in with Jabba the Hut as a bounty hunter early in his life, and even was present in the hangar at Mos Eisley during the scene in A New Hope between Jabba and Han Solo. Having him present on Tatooine during the time of the Kenobi movie makes sense, and he even could serve as an interesting foe for Obi-Wan.
Remember back to Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, when we met a young Boba and his father, Jango Fett. The father-and-son duo tangle with Obi-Wan on Kamino and again in space outside Geonosis. Later, it’s Kenobi that leads the Jedi to the Fett’s and Count Dooku, ending with Mace Windu killing Jango right in front of his son. Suffice it to say, Fett probably has a serious grudge.
Fleshing out Fett’s story in the Kenobi solo film would leave no need for a Boba Fett solo film, which has been heavily rumored but seems to never get any traction. Pairing the characters up, even having Fett hunting for Kenobi, would be incredibly entertaining.
The Tusken Raiders
It just wouldn’t feel right taking the story back to the desert of Tatooine without an appearance from the Tusken Raiders, also known as “sand people.” They first appeared in A New Hope, ambushing Luke while he and C-3PO went in search of R2-D2. Fortunately, “old Ben” Kenobi was hanging around to scare off the sand people and save Luke’s life.
Kenobi expresses quite an extensive knowledge of the Tusken Raiders in A New Hope. He knows that they’re easily startled, but will soon return. He knows that they ride single-file to hide their numbers, and aren’t all that accurate with blasters. Not even as accurate as Imperial stormtroopers, who are notoriously poor marksmen.
All of that is to say, it’s clear that Obi-Wan has had a few run-ins with the sand people during his time on Tatooine. It probably wouldn’t be interesting to try to fit them in as the major antagonists of an Obi-Wan solo film, but some sort of appearance is necessary.
Finally, we come to the one canonical character that so many fans have been hoping to finally see on the big screen: Ahsoka Tano. A popular character from The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, Tano is currently believed to have been killed by Darth Vader during the time just prior to the events of A New Hope. But she’s certainly alive for the majority of the time Kenobi spends on Tatooine, and what’s more is that there are gaps in what we know about her whereabouts.
In Season 3 of Rebels, it’s hinted that Vader is hoping to use Ahsoka — Anakin’s Skywalker’s apprentice — to find out the location of Kenobi. It doesn’t work out that way for him, but it would be fun to find out that she does, in fact, know where Obi-Wan is. Maybe the two could pair up on some important mission?
The major obstacle in bringing Tano to the big screen is that she currently only exists in television and literature, and the majority of casual fans wouldn’t know the character. Disney has been hesitant to do this, although they did briefly introduce Saw Gerrera — originally from The Clone Wars — in Rogue One. Bringing Ahsoka back in the Kenobi movie would create options for the story and be a nice nod to diehards at the same time.
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