Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is due for release in December and will be followed in May next year by an as-yet untitled Han Solo standalone movie. In Star Wars, the past is always speaking to the future, and vice versa.
Daldry, who has yet to be confirmed by the studio as the film's director, is known for the dancing drama Billy Elliot, as well as The Hours and The Reader.
The above video confirms McGregor's involvement in the project (at least in principle), while Lucasfilm's meeting with Daldry, a director whom frequently works with children, suggests a sizeable role for a child actor.
There have been rumblings in the Force for a while: Lucasfilm considering a possible return to Obi-Wan Kenobi during the period of time between Revenge of the Sith and 1977's original Star Wars. And Obi-Wan's solo movie is becoming more and more real.
Oscar-nominated film-maker Stephen Daldry is in early talks to direct a Star Wars spin-off about Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi, US media reported on Thursday.
Actor Ewan McGregor played the character in the second trilogy of "Star Wars" films from 1999 to 2005.
Unconfirmed reports in the trade press also linked Lucasfilm to projects revolving around other favourite characters, such as Jedi grand master Yoda and bounty hunter Boba Fett. He also had a decades-long career in British theatre and has directed four episodes of (and exec produces) Netflix's The Crown.
Disney bought "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' Lucasfilm in 2012 in a $4 billion deal and announced a new trilogy of films following the space saga as well as three standalone "Star Wars" projects that focus on stories outside of the central tale of the Skywalker family. He guided Skywalker who later became a Jedi himself. It is also unclear as to what part of Kenobi's life would be covered.
If the story takes place during Ben's self-imposed exile, going back to Ewan McGregor is the safest and likeliest option.
As mentioned above, the Star Wars franchise has gained significant popularity. Fans seem to want it, since they've been asking the question, too.