As reported by Fantha Tracks, the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is formally in the pre-production stage, and the shooting is scheduled for spring next year with a release date in 2020.
Given below is a snapshot of the details posted on the website:
“The project is sufficiently along that an art department is now in full pre-production mode at Pinewood Studios, England with ancillary work being carried out at Industrial Light & Magic in London. A number of concept artists, prop modelers, and storyboard artists are working as a team across the two locations on the film, with the group growing in numbers every month.
Contracts have also been extended to a number of crew who have worked on various Star Wars films produced at Pinewood under the Disney era, to join the production when their work on Episode IX ends…
Pre-production will continue at Pinewood whilst Episode IX shoots from this summer through the end of the year, at which point production of the Obi-Wan movie has been scheduled to move onto stages in mid-January 2019 with the main shoot to begin in April of 2019.
The project is being developed under the corporate name of PLT Productions (UK) Ltd.
The scheduled release date is December 2020.”
The update corroborates with previous reports about Lucasfilm planning to shoot Obi-Wan Kenobi in 2019, after the completion of Star Wars: Episode IX’s filming this year. Overall, this is quite reliable, and fans can look forward to some official casting and production related announcements in the last quarter of this year.
Although the Star Wars animated series have greatly built up Obi-Wan’s origin story, but, there is ample room to create a story which would resemble King Arthur in the sci-fi world, and also deliver a narrative which hops on to various events in Obi-Wan’s life. Solo is generating a great deal of excitement, and Lucasfilm might just accept the “throwback standalones” as another official stream of the franchise, and keep Kenobi going that way.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is next up in the galaxy far, far away and it releases on May 25, with Episode IX to follow on December 20 next year.