Just a day after Solo: A Star Wars story had its world premiere, news has trickled in that The official Kenobi movie is due to start filming in 2019 for a 2020 release according to Fantha Tracks. The Star Wars Leaks subreddit has another anonymous confirmation.
Fantha reports they have seen the official documentation that confirms the movie has entered pre-production but no official announcement has been made from the Star Wars camp at this stage.
It is said that “The project is sufficiently along that an art department is now in full pre-production mode at Pinewood Studios, England.” It goes on to state “A number of concept artists, prop modellers, and storyboard artists are working as a team across the two locations on the film”.
“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 casting was not mentioned in the documentation.
In December, last year we reported that the possible Kenobi production start date could be on January 9th 2019. It was revealed the Lucasfilm were eyeing Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Reader, The Hours, The Crown) to take the helm on a Kenobi film and that Omega Underground had published details on a production which starts on this date, stating Daldry as director and Kathleen Kennedy as a producer.
We spoke to Ewan McGregor on the red carpet at the Solo premiere last night.
Star Wars will continue with Solo: A Star Wars Story on May 25th, and Episode IX on December 20, 2019.