Lucasfilm Eyeing Early 2019 Production Start On ‘Kenobi’ Anthology Film

Dec 9, 2017

It’s been very quiet on the Stars Wars anthology front after the recent director switch and massive reshoots on Solo: A Star Wars Story. However, it doesn’t look like Rian Johnson‘s brand new Star Wars trilogy means the end of anthologies as some might have assumed.

THR previously reported over the summer that Lucasfilm was eyeing three-time Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Reader, The Hours, The Crown) to tackle an Obi-Wan Kenobi film which everyone expects would see Ewan McGregor reprise the role.

We then learned the film’s working title would be Joshua Tree, a nod to the production locales of New Hope’s Tatooine scenes.

Omega Underground has an update of sorts as a production source has revealed the studio is expecting this Kenobi film to begin filming at Pinewood Studios UK (confirmed stage location) sometime in January 2019.

We can’t confirm if Daldry has indeed signed on to direct.

Disney’s Bob Iger had previously suggested the next anthology film could be ready for release in 2020. It’s now looking like Kenobi: A Star Wars Story (assumed title) could be the next film to hit screens after J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX is released on December 20th, 2019.

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If we take Solo as an example it started shooting on January 30th, 2017 and will be released on May 25th, 2019. There is a good chance Kenobi could follow a similar production schedule, minus the hiccups.

This January start makes sense to us as filming would need to begin around then as Kathleen Kennedy is expected to turn her focus from Star Wars to Steven Spielberg‘s Indiana Jones 5 over the summer of 2019 (production start not entirely confirmed) to make it’s July 10th, 2020 release date.

It’s extremely likely we could see Kenobi ready for a release either in May or December 2020.


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