Lucasfilm to begin shooting new Obi-Wan Kenobi film trilogy in 2019

Luke Skywalker's mentor gets his own spin-off

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi fast approaching release, attention is already turning to the series’ future, with a new, Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off trilogy reportedly set to start filming in 2019.

Last month, a new, fourth Star Wars trilogy was announced. Set to be be helmed by The Last Jedi director and writer Rian Johnson, it will be “separate from the episodic Skywalker saga” and “will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.”

Now, as Omega Underground report, an anonymous source has confirmed that a further series is being plotted, based around Luke Skywalker’s mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi and set to begin shooting in January 2019.

Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Reader, The Hours, The Crown) is being eyed to head up the project, which has a working title of ‘Joshua Tree’ – a nod to the filming location of A New Hope.

Rian Johnson dedicated the premiere of The Last Jedi to Carrie Fisher on Saturday night (December 9).

The actor passed away last year after suffering a severe cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles. The film marks her last performance as General Leia Organa.

Ahead of the screening at last night’s LA premiere, Johnson reflected on what he thought Fisher would be thinking if she was watching. “I want to dedicate tonight to Carrie, who is up there right now flipping me the bird, saying, ‘Damn it Rian, don’t you dare make this night a solemn tribute’,” he said.