Ewan McGregor: ‘I’d be up for ‘Star Wars’ Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off’

The actor said he could make a movie about the Jedi master's 'desert years'

Ewan McGregor has said that he’d be interested in reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a Star Wars spin-off film.

It was reported earlier this month that Disney have several stand-alone Star Wars films in the pipeline as well as working on Star Wars: Episode VII and, in an interview with the MTV News, McGregor said he would be keen to feature in his own adventure as the Jedi master.

He said: “I’d be up for it. I think it’s a good idea. The only bit that I could get away with doing is after the last one I made, ‘Episode III,’ before Alec Guinness, there’s that period where he’s in the desert.”

McGregor is referring to the period between the two trilogies, when Obi Wan Kenobi is living in the desert on Tatooine while watching over young Luke Skywalker who is living on his aunt and uncle’s ranch. “That might be my window to tell that story,” McGregor added. “I don’t know what he did in the desert. We could make up some stuff.”

Disney’s current plans for spin-off films include vehicles for Han Solo and Boba Fett. Han Solo was a bounty hunter with a conscience who befriended Luke Skywalker and eventually joined the resistance and his spin off will apparently focus “on the wisecracking smuggler’s origin story”, while Boba Fett’s is described as a “bounty hunter adventure”.

Reports have suggested that Solo’s film would be set in the time period between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope, while the Boba Fett film would take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. This would leave plenty of opportunities to involve characters that would not have been killed yet such as Darth Vadar and Jabba The Hutt.

Last year Disney announced plans to buy Lucasfilm and make another Star Wars trilogy, starting with Star Wars: Episode VII and releasing Episode VIII and Episode IX two to three years apart. Recently Star Trek director J.J. Abrams was confirmed as director for Episode VII, which is expected to hit UK cinemas in 2015.