'Star Wars' Spin-Off Appeals to Ewan McGregor

Obi-Wan Kenobi actor eyes stand-alone film in series

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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.

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"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.

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 the next Star Wars film, Episode VII, set for release in 2015. Disney, which acquired Lucasfilm last October, is also planning stand-alone Star Wars spinoffs, and early reports and rumors suggest films centering around Han Solo, Yoda or the bounty hunter Boba Fett.