Is Obi-Wan Kenobi Set to Return in Star Wars: Episode VIII or IX?

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Obi-Wan Kenobi may already be dead but he might show up in a Star Wars "saga" film, according to a new report.

We've been hearing rumors that a standalone Star Wars film will focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi's origin story, and Ewan McGregor recently said that he would interested in resprising the role if Lucasfilm and Disney would decide to move forward with development of the movie. In that interview, McGregor said:

"I've always thought there was a story to tell between my last one and Alec Guinness' first one. It would be fun to film that story now I'm older. I'd be the right age. I'm forty-five, Alec Guinness was what, sixty? I could do two of them (laughs)!"

As of today, Lucasfilm hasn't announced an Obi-Wan film, EW's Anthony Breznican recently told Rebel Force Radio that there's no Obi-Wan film in development at the moment, and that he might return in either Episode VIII or IX. Breznican said:

"I have heard rumors that the one reason they haven't moved sooner on Obi-Wan is that they're not done with Obi-Wan quite yet in the Saga films. So I wouldn't be surprised to see an Obi-Wan [solo film] happen beyond Episode IX
I don't think that's controversial to say, but I think that there's bound to be some reference to Obi-Wan [in VIII or XI] – and I'm not being coy here, this is literally all I know is that [Lucasfilm's thinking is] ‘Ehh, if you want to tell an Episode IX story, it's better that it happens after this first trilogy, because things that happen in it can maybe reference The Force Awakens trilogy,' if that makes any sense.
Some of this is sort of like doing CIA spy work, where you get little pieces of information and then you try to connect them. But I think that they'll probably be some reference to Obi-Wan in the ‘saga' films, and his connection to whatever characters he happens to have a connection with. I've already written that I think that Rey has some kind of connection to him – family connection. So if that's the case, maybe we see a part of that play out in the future Obi-Wan movie. Ewan McGregor would be the perfect age to reprise that [character]. So he seems game to do it, and I thin [the movie] hasn't been one they've greenlit just yet, but partly because they're still shaping that story. So we'll see. I think it's – again – kind of a no-brainer."

If Obi-Wan would return in a Star Wars "saga" film, he would most likely appear in ghost form or in a flashback scene. Is Rey somewhat related to Obi-Wan? There's a theory claiming that Rey is related to him.

Star Wars: Episode VIII will be released in theaters on December 15, 2017, so we'll have to wait and see if Obi-Wan shows up. It would be cool to see McGregor reprise his Star Wars role.