August 20, 2016
Fanmade 'Kenobi: A Star Wars Story' Trailer Explores Obi-Wan's Lost Years

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is just a few months from release, officially ushering in the era of Star Wars spin-off films, yet one fan has taken it upon himself to show the world what an Obi-Wan Kenobi-themed movie might look like, harvesting footage from Ewan McGregor's latest film to create it.

The trailer is the work of Star Wars fan Rich Williamson, according to Cnet. He wondered what a Star Wars story focused on Obi-Wan's time in the deserts of Tatooine might look like, so he put together a teaser that is now spreading like wildfire among fans, which includes not only Ewan McGregor, but also an appearance by the Force ghost of Liam Neeson's Qui-Gon Jinn, among other fan-favorite characters.

Williamson put the trailer together using footage from the Star Wars prequels, but he was also aided by Ewan McGregor's latest film, Last Days In The Desert. In that movie, McGregor plays Jesus during his 40 days in the wilderness, and it provided Williamson with a wealth of scenes featuring the actor robed and walking through a desert, exactly the shots needed to show Kenobi's time on Tatooine. Thanks to footage from Revenge of the Sith, Padmé Amidala, mother of Luke and Leia, makes an appearance in the minute-and-a-half long clip, while the Force ghost of Qui-Gon Jinn is edited into the trailer's final shots in a nod to The Phantom Menace.

Unfortunately for fans, there currently are no announced plans to film an actual Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff. Stalwart character Han Solo is getting his own solo film (and possibly a trilogy), with actor Alden Ehrenreich taking on the role made famous by Harrison Ford. Meanwhile, the first of the Star Wars spinoffs, Rogue One, debuts in December, telling the story of the rebels responsible for stealing the plans to the Death Star. While the core Star Wars trilogy, which continues next year with Episode VIII, will continue to tell the story of the Skywalker family, the Star Wars story films are intended to tell other tales set in the same galaxy far, far away, which fall outside of the main saga.It has long been rumored that the next few Star Wars story films would focus on fan-favorite characters like Boba Fett and Yoda. With the ability to tell stories from anywhere within the chronology of the Star Wars universe, however, the spin-off series would be a natural fit for Obi-Wan's time on Tatooine, an exile during which the Jedi master was protecting young Luke Skywalker and waiting for him to come of age.Even actor Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan in the Star Wars prequels, acknowledged that Kenobi's time on Tatooine would be a rich environment for storytelling. As Collider notes, McGregor expressed to them earlier this year his willingness to take part in a Star Wars story that would reveal to fans exactly what the Jedi master was doing in the desert.
"I'd very much like to do one too. I think the story between Episode III and Episode IV, I think there's a story there. I think that's the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, if there is one. The one that bridges my Obi-Wan Kenobi and Alec's Obi-Wan Kenobi because there's a—I don't know how long he's in the desert there, but it's got to be twenty or thirty years."
For now, an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff remains a distinct possibility, but Star Wars fans can check out Williamson's teaser to catch a brief glimpse of exactly what such a film might look like if it ever comes to fruition.

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