While the Star Wars prequels are almost universally despised, one of the few things going for them is Ewan McGregor’s portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Throughout the prequel trilogy, it often feels like McGregor thinks he’s in a better movie, as he routinely outclasses pretty much every other actor on screen. Now thanks to one dedicated fan, we know what that better movie may have looked like.
Filmmaker Rich Williamson has put together a short trailer for a film that imagines what Kenobi’s life was like in the 20 year period between the end of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. As depicted by Williamson, the film would explore Kenobi’s life living in exile on Tatooine, watching over a young Luke Skywalker and tortured by the loss of the Jedi Order and the role he played in the downfall of the Republic.
Williamson uses footage from previous Star Wars films and the 2015 drama Last Days in the Desert, in which McGregor plays Jesus Christ during his 40 days spent in the wilderness. It’s a well put-together trailer that is understandably a little light on presenting an actual story for the film. Then again, a feature length examination of an exiled Jedi Knight’s quest for meaning in a world where his kind are all but extinct could be the prestige drama the Star Wars saga has been looking for!
“I’d love if Star Wars started doing different genres, especially with the “Star Wars Story” films,” Williamson wrote in the comments section of his trailer. “One film might be a heist movie, one a horror, this one more of a meditative Western. Shake it up.”
In a world where we’re already getting a Young Han Solo spin-off, it’s probably only a matter of time before we get an Obi-Wan Kenobi Anthology film too.
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)