The working title for Lucasfilm’s upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi movie has been revealed by Omega Underground to be “Joshua Tree”. The other previous working titles for other recent Star Wars productions include “Space Bears” for The Last Jedi and “Red Cup” for Han Solo movie.
Why is the name “Joshua Tree” important to the Star Wars franchise? Because it could be hinting at Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. This could be one of the possible shooting locations for the film and that location also served as the shooting location for some of the Tatooine scenes that were shot for the original trilogy.
So, obviously, fans are speculating that the upcoming Obi-Wan movie will take place on Tatooine. Personally, I just assumed that’s where the film would take place anyway! I figured that we might see the story of how Obi-Wan got there and that we would see Obi-Wan’s first adventure on the fictional desert planet. Who knows, though. All we can really do at this point is speculate what the Obi-Wan movie could be about.
Here is some information on Joshua Tree in Death Valley from StarWars.com:
Located primarily in the Southern California Desert with a small portion extending into Nevada, Death Valley National Park covers 3.4 million acres (14,000 km), making it the largest park in the lower 48 states. Within this acreage is an almost complete spectrum of the Earth’s geological eras that are well worth a visit beyond the shooting locations.
In January 1977, George Lucas took a second-unit team to Death Valley to film some leftover pick-up shots that weren’t filmed in Tunisia due to difficulties they had encountered there.
The website also references U2’s Joshua Tree to Death Valley’s “Zabriskie Point”, which is one of the locations for A New Hope.
Zabriskie Point, a famous viewpoint just east of Furnace Creek. Come at dawn for the best lightning of these badlands. Zabriskie Point can also been seen on U2’s Joshua Tree album cover.
What story would you like to see the Ob-Wan Kenobi movie tell? I just hope that they bring Ewan McGregor back to reprise his role.