With Star Wars: The Last Jedi opening in cinema’s this week people are already circling around rumours of the next anthology to come out of LucasFilm with talk arising once again around an Obi-Wan Kenobi film.

The news is now trickling through that a production start date on the possible Kenobi venture could be in just over a years time on January 9th 2019. What links this news is the fact that during the summer, 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 has published details on a production which starts on this date, stating Daldry as director and Kathleen Kennedy as a producer. The filming is due to take place at Pinewood Studios.

The production will go under the working title of Joshua Tree, Ewan McGregor has previously admitted he would love to return to reprise his role but there has been confirmation on this as yet, or official word of Daldry directing either.

Should filming begin January 2019, that would follow the Schedule pattern Lucasfilm has stuck to for other Star Wars projects, which have filmed in January for a December the following year release.

Ewan McGregor took over from Alec Guinness who played the character in the original trilogy, McGregor debuted in 1999’s The Phantom Menace before returning in Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005). He also lent his voice to The Force Awakens in Rey’s “force dream”.