Stephen Daldry in talks for Obi-Wan Kenobi movie

Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor have previously portrayed the wise Jedi on the big screen.

The Hours director Stephen Daldry is in early talks with Disney bosses to direct an Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars spin-off.

As Ron Howard tackles the studio's stand-alone Han Solo movie, another iconic character from the sci-fi franchise is set to get his own film - and Oscar nominee Daldry appears to be the frontrunner to direct, according to Deadline.com.

The late Alec Guinness portrayed the wise Jedi master in the initial Star Wars trilogy, while Scottish actor Ewan McGregor played Obi-Wan in the prequels Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.

Both Brits combined for 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Guinness was seen on screen and McGregor was uncredited for voice work.

The Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is expected to start shooting once Howard has completed his Han Solo film, which stars Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, and Alden Ehrenreich as a young Solo, the mercenary character Harrison Ford played in the Star Wars epics.

Howard's film is set for release next summer (18).

Disney chiefs will be hoping the Obi-Wan spin-off is less dramatic than their Han Solo film - they were forced to call in Howard after The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller quit the project following a spat over creative differences with movie executives.

Disney released the first Star Wars spin-off movie, Rogue One, last Christmas (16). It went on to make over $1 billion at the global box office.

Meanwhile, Daldry's movies also include Billy Elliott and The Reader. He received Oscar nominations for Best Director for both and a third for 2002's The Hours.

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