Before we get started, we should let you know that we have no intention of definitively answering the question posed in the headline of this article. If we knew whether Disney were planning to announce an Obi-Wan Kenobi solo film starring Ewan McGregor, we would have written a headline like “Disney Is Planning To Announce An Obi-Wan Kenobi Solo Film Starring Ewan McGregor,” or, we suppose, “Disney Is Not Planning To Announce An Obi-Wan Kenobi Solo Film Starring Ewan McGregor,” in the event that we knew whether they were planning to do so and the answer was no. But we don’t know. Nobody really knows except Disney themselves. Posing a headline in the form of a question is a time-tested trick for entertainment journalists when we want to get some clicks from a sketchy rumor, and shame on you for falling for it, honestly.
Anyway, the rumor in question comes from Star Wars themed Star Wars news site Star Wars News Net, and the website prefaces the meat of the rumor with several paragraphs of explanation about this history of Star Wars movie rumors and how Disney plans these things out. Another sure sign that an entertainment news article offers little to no actual substance is when the actual story is preceded by several paragraphs of explanation. We would never do that sort of thing here at Bleeding Cool, of course. We’re just telling you how it works, for several paragraphs, before getting to the meat of the story, in an admittedly suspicious coincidence.
According to the website, an unidentified source with insider knowledge of upcoming Star Wars plans claims:
Kathleen Kennedy and the rest of Lucasfilm fully intend to make an Obi-Wan movie set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, with Ewan McGregor in tow.
The anonymous source somehow manages to go into surprising detail about the rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi film starring Ewan McGregor, claiming that it will be a single movie, not a trilogy, that Rogue One director Gareth Edwards may or may not direct it, and that the movie will have a different team of writers and producers than Rogue One either way. According to the source, the film might be announced at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, which we agree is probably a pretty good place to announce such a thing if they really are planning to do so. In non-Obi-Wan-Kenobi-film-starring-Ewan-McGregor news, the website also claims that a long-rumored Boba Fett bounty hunter team movie is still in the works, and that Disney is also planning a Star Wars spinoff film with romantic themes targeting the young adult reader demographic. In a final bit of rumormongering that adds insult to injury regarding Lucasfilm’s sexism as it relates to Star Wars directors, the source claims that the Twilight-style romantic Star Wars spinoff will be Disney’s way of finally letting a woman direct a Star Wars film.
So there you have it. Lots of juicy but completely unsubstantiated gossip about Star Wars that must be viewed solely as a rumor and does nothing to answer the question originally posed in the headline. Is Disney planning to announce an Obi-Wan Kenobi solo film starring Ewan McGregor? We have no idea. We already told you that. It’s your own fault you kept on reading anyway.