When Former UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, spoke at the DUP Annual Conference in Belfast earlier today, he claimed the UK has “by far the most dynamic creative culture and media industries.” He went on to ask the question, “Which was the biggest grossing movie last year? Star Wars and where does George Lucas propose to make a follow up about Obi-Wan Kenobi? Northern Ireland.” This from ComicBook.com….
The George Lucas name drop is what’s getting all the buzz, especially considering the Star Wars creator hasn’t directed a film in the franchise since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. Of course, there’s a good chance the former Mayor of London and UK Foreign Secretary was just using Lucas’ name as a generalization.
Lucas is, of course, the main person associated with the franchise, and the British politician could have just been referring to Lucasfilm. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t hope that the director plans to helm another movie in the famous franchise.
Another point against this claim is Stephan Daldry, best known for directing Billy Elliot, The Hours, and The Reader. Daldry is already listed as the film’s director on IMDB. However, if Solo: A Star Wars Story taught us anything, it’s that a director in the franchise can be replaced.
Johnson was right about one thing, though, and that’s how successful Star Wars: The Last Jedi was. Despite hate from a loud portion of the fandom, the second installment in the newest Star Wars trilogy earned $1.3 billion worldwide.
The rumors surrounding an Obi-Wan film have varied over the past year. In May, it was announced that the spin-off would start filming in Spring 2019, however, Ewan McGregor said in August that the movie wasn’t happening.
Does this mean the Kenobi film is back on, and if so will George Lucas be involved? Perhaps Johnson meant Lucasfilm when talking about Star Wars. We’ve reached out for clarification.