Lucasfilm is reportedly tapping a Washington Township, Gloucester County, native known for his work on USA’s Mr. Robot to write an upcoming Star Wars prequel that could focus on beloved character Obi-Wan Kenobi.
According to entertainment news site Omega Underground, Lucasfilm recently met with Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail for an upcoming prequel in the same vein as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Two unnamed sources reportedly told OU that Esmail was being tapped to write, though the site stresses that the potential news is rumor at this point.
As OU reports, Lucasfilm has pitched a Star Wars Story film for Esmail “likely” revolving around Obi-Wan Kenobi that would take place between Revenge of the Sith (where he was played by Ewan McGregor) and A New Hope (Alec Guinness originated the character), when the character was in self-imposed exile.
The film has been rumored for some time, but recently came to the forefront for Star Wars fans after Ewan McGregor told Entertainment Weekly last year that he was the “right age” to reprise his role as the Jedi master.
As Slash Film reports, however, the film could also be a Boba Fett spinoff that was discussed in 2016. Director Josh Trank was attached to the film at the time, and plans were scrapped following the flop that was 2015’s Fantastic Four, which Trank directed. There is no indication that Esmail is being courted to direct the upcoming Star Wars project.
Esmail, however, has directed 15 episodes of Mr. Robot across the show’s two seasons, and helmed the film Comet.
Currently, there are Star Wars films planned for release through the summer of 2019, with the next release being the Dec. 17 debut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. A Han Solo spinoff is scheduled for a May 25, 2018 release, with Star Wars: Episode IX coming May 23, 2019.