Ever since the announcement of the Star Wars stand-alone films – which are slated for biannual release dates starting in 2016 – the one film that seems to be generating buzz among the fans, is the idea of a stand-along movie that focuses on Obi-Wan Kenobi. Supposedly, the movie will concentrate on the period between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope, during which – Obi-Wan was exiled on Tatooine.
This now leads to casting rumours with both Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson saying they would both love to return to their respective roles of Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon, and now there is another Star Wars alumni who has expressed his interest in returning to a Galaxy far, far away.
Joel Edgerton – who had his first big break playing young Owen Lars in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith – has been mixed into the casting cauldron. Here is what he had to say to ComingSoon.net about the possibility or returning to the Star Wars franchise: “I definitely have to be there, right? Or they’re gonna get someone else? Am I too old for that now?”
“I’ll tell you my one dream when it came to Star Wars… It was the only time in my life where a dream came true that I’ve never had. It was such a crazy kind of fantasy that came true, so crazy that I’d never even had the fantasy. “One day I’ll get to be in ‘Star Wars,’ that was not even a sentence that would ever pop out of my mouth, yet all of the sudden it was like, “Oh, they’re shooting more ‘Star Wars’ movies, and they’re doing it in Sydney and God you look a little like that guy.” It was the perfect storm, then that was me and I got to live that dream.
“Now, in the spirit of complaining when you have no right to complain, in the back of my mind I was envious of my brother because my brother was doubling Ewan. At the time my brother’s main gig was as a stunt guy, so he did all the more dangerous elements of the fighting for Ewan. So he was a Jedi. My brother and I were both working in “Star Wars,” and he was a Jedi and I was a moisture farmer. (laughs) I was just like “Awww! The only thing better than what I’m doing right now is if I had a bigger role in the thing, but also if I had a f**kin’ lightsaber!” You know what I mean?”
Whether is be just the one stand-alone movie, or multiple movies, Joel, Ewan and others are the perfect ages to reprise their roles. Unfortunately for Edgerton – although Owan Lars has a pivotal role in the Star Wars saga – there was very little screen time for the character in Episodes II, III and IV.
So you might be seeing uncle Owen back up on the big screen in the next couple of years.