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'Star Wars' spin-off appeals to Ewan McGregor

Rolling Stone

The Force is strong with Ewan McGregor: The actor who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars: Episode I -- III" has expressed interest in a new stand-alone spin-off film about the Jedi master, MTV reports. McGregor, who played a younger Kenobi in the prequel trilogy, called the possible spin-off "a good idea" and even suggested a possible plot line.

"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," said McGregor, referring to the actor who played Kenobi in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. During that time in the story, Kenobi becomes a recluse on the desert planet Tatooine, keeping watch over young Luke Skywalker, whom he later trains as a Jedi.

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Kenobi's adventures on Tatooine, before the start of the original trilogy, could be an entry point for a new spin-off. "That might be my window, there, to tell that story," McGregor said. "I don't know what he did in the desert. We could make up some stuff."

Regardless of storyline, McGregor said, "I'd be up for it." J.J. Abrams has been tapped to direct "Star Wars: Episode VII," set for release in 2015. Disney, which acquired Lucasfilm last October, is also planning stand-alone "Star Wars" spin-offs, and early reports and rumors suggest films centering around Han Solo, Yoda or the bounty hunter Boba Fett.

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Feb 15, 2013 9:00PM
Ah Star Wars.So many stories to tell, so little time.
Thought Ewan was the highlight of EI-III.  The best consistent performance and I'm pretty sure he can make any story good.
Feb 15, 2013 7:01PM
Not sure a movie about a reclusive Obi-Wan wandering about a dessert would be all that appealing.
Feb 16, 2013 10:09PM
Ewan McGregor can do a park district version of Star Wars and I wouldn't care. I just think he is so gorgeous. My apologies to all Star Wars fans.
Feb 16, 2013 1:22PM
Sure it might be boring but we all know we'll watch it.  
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