May the Force Be with Us: What’s the Exciting Rumored Star Wars Celebration Surprise Announcement?

It looks like the news we’ve been waiting to hear since forever may finally be on its way.

That’s right; according to SWNN, a big announcement is headed our way in less than two weeks, when Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy and The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson appear at Orlando’s Star Wars Celebration (April 14th).

Firstly, we’re also hoping — pretty much expecting — the first Episode VIII trailer to be released that day;  it was just announced Mark Hamill will also be in attendance, and this seems the perfect opportunity. Just as exciting, though, is the news SWNN’s source says will be one of the biggest surprises (not anymore) in store for fans:

Kathleen Kennedy and the rest of Lucasfilm fully intend to make an Obi-Wan movie set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, with Ewan McGregor in tow.”

Noting that despite fan speculation that Kenobi could earn his own trilogy, the Obi-Wan story will be a the standalone, anthology entry, and like Rogue One — because of Rogue One — Ewan McGregor may be directed by Gareth Edwards.

… Gareth Edwards could be returning to the director’s chair, as Kathleen Kennedy was happy with his work on that film …The team of producers and writers are going to be different than Rogue One.

An announcement of an Obi-Wan movie might just be one of the big surprises at Celebration Orlando …supported by the existence of a few materials that were made in conjunction with the event.”

I don’t know about you, but this makes me feel like having a little celebration, myself. What with Fargo almost upon us, April is shaping up to be FAN-EWAN-TASTIC.

A couple other tidbits the source discussed: The long-gestating Boba Fett standalone is still on the table, though the focus won’t be entirely on that character. Rather, a story about a group of bounty hunters, including Fett, is in the works. Additionally — and slightly troublesome as it was worded — Kathleen Kennedy is still pursuing the possibility of having the first woman director brought on for a “tragic romance” angled Star Wars movie.

This Star Wars project is going to target the young-adult audience and have slight romantic themes to it. Said story is a tragedy…the “love story” angle has more in common with Han & Leia’s romance in The Empire Strikes Back than anything else. This is the first major step toward getting a Star Wars movie that’s directed by a woman.”

Of course we’d be a million percent thrilled by a woman directing a Star Wars film, but the implication that she’d be brought on specifically because it’s a love story is vomit-inducing. It’s ridiculous to speculate (I hope this dot-connecting is only speculation) a romance angle is the reason to attach a gender to helming a big film (even if in the back of my mind I know it’s likely a distinct Hollywood reality).

There’s a ton more information to read about generalities of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars plans, including “starving” us for movies in between trilogies, plans for another television series and fourth film trilogy, and the tone of the upcoming Han Solo anthology (“a comic book/pulp feel”) so please do read the piece in full.


Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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