The Star Wars universe is set to expand even further with the identity of the third standalone spin-offs revealed as the long awaited Obi Wan Kenobi movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Billy Elliot's Stephen Daldry is in early discussions with Lucasfilm to direct and Ewan McGregor is expected to reprise his role as the Jedi Master.

While there are no official plot details at this stage, if we pop the old hat of speculation on for a moment perhaps there's a natural point in time for the spin-off to be set. Last year, Ewan McGregor once again reaffirmed his desire to play return to the Star Wars universe, and he even suggested a possible point in time the movie could be set.

"I always thought there was a story to tell between the last (Revenge of the Sith) and the first film with Alec Guinness (A New Hope)."

When we first met Old Ben Kenobi (Alec Guinness), he's shuffling around the deserts of Tatooine doing his best to avoid Sand-People (they come back in greater numbers you see). However, the last we saw of the younger Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith, he was delivering an infant Luke Skywalker to Owen and Beru Lars on, yes you've guessed it, good old Tatooine. That leaves at least nineteen years of previously unexplored story for the filmmakers to play with, or does it? Obi Wan appears in a couple of episodes of Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD, and those events (which are canon) take place more than a decade after Revenge of the Sith.

Given that McGregor has aged pretty well, we could see Obi Wan from any point after Sith (perhaps with a montage catching us up), but I think Lucasfilm will want the spin-off to lead directly into A New Hope in a similar way to Rogue One. As I say, all of this a pure speculation at this point as it is in the early stages of development and doesn't currently have a writer attached.

The next standalone Star Wars Story will arrive in cinemas next year with the as yet untitled Han Solo movie. Ron Howard stepped in to replace Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are they parted ways with Disney, and production is about to wrap up pending any further reshoots.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released on December 18.