What An Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie Should Be About, According To Joel Edgerton

We know that more spinoff Star Wars movies are on the way and one of the most rumored potential topics has been a film based around Obi-Wan Kenobi. One former Star Wars actor knows exactly what that film should be about. Joel Edgerton played the young Owen Lars, the "brother" of Anakin Skywalker in the prequel trilogy, and he thinks that any movie that focuses on Obi-Wan should bring him back as well. According to Edgerton...

My idea is that he could go out and have some adventure and then he comes back and slips back into that unassuming moisture farmer role. Everyone talks about Obi-Wan being super cool, Owen secretly knows that he was there, and he did some of the cool shit, too.

There's a good chance that you forgot that Oscar-nominated actor Joel Edgerton was even in the Star Wars prequels. He's got very few scenes and very little dialogue, and he wasn't the star he is now back then, but he is officially part of Star Wars canon, and he tells Business Insider that he'd be more than happy to return to expand on the role.

While the odds of Lucasfilm bringing back Uncle Owen, even if an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie does happen, have to be astronomical, I have to say, I sort of love this idea. One of the things that the spinoffs allow for is for Lucasfilm to make Star Wars movies in different genres than the main franchise, so what about a Star Wars "buddy cop" movie with Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton? Obi-Wan Kenobi is the straight-laced Jedi Knight, Owen Lars is the slightly inept buffoon that's along for the ride for some paper thin plot reasons. There seems like some real opportunity there. Star Wars has never been afraid to add comedy to their stories, but they could go full action-comedy with this idea.

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Also, as Joel Edgerton intimates, it would add an entirely new layer to Uncle Owen's character in the original Star Wars: A New Hope. Imagine rewatching the early scenes of that movie with the gruff joyless moisture farmer, after seeing a movie where he went on intergalactic adventures alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi. You'd never be able to look at him the same way again. His death would go from being a mere plot necessity to a truly tragic event. Imagine, that the guy who did all that cool shit in space was killed by Stormtroopers like that?

Lucasfilm has stated that their decision for what will be the next Star Wars movie following Episode IX, will likely be decided sometime this summer. Hopefully, they'll consider this pitch, as it is box office gold, without question. Well, maybe there's a bit of a question.

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