Qui-Gon Jinn actor Liam Neeson has spoken about returning to Star Wars and what it would take to get him back in those Jedi robes.
Liam Neeson previously appeared in the role of Qui-Gon in 1999’s Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, which introduced the character as Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Master and the Jedi who found Anakin Skywalker. While Qui-Gon did not survive the events of The Phantom Menace, being slain by Darth Maul and leaving Obi-Wan the task of training Anakin, his name would crop up again in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, where it was revealed that Yoda had communed with Qui-Gon’s spirit and learnt from him the secret to attaining immortality in the Force. Originally, Revenge of the Sith included a scene in which Qui-Gon’s voice would be heard by Yoda, but the scene was cut before it was completed and Neeson never returned to record his dialogue for it.
With the new Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi due to hit Disney Plus next month, many fans are hoping to see Qui-Gon return as a Force ghost. Revenge of the Sith saw Yoda saying he would teach Obi-Wan how to commune with his old master while in exile on Tatooine. It would make sense, then, to see Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan reunited with Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon in the new series. However, in a recent interview with ComicBook.com, Neeson appeared to deny he would return to the role for a streaming series, suggesting he would only come back for a movie. When asked about making another appearance as Qui-Gon Jinn, Neeson said:
“Oh, I think so, yeah, yeah, yeah, I think so … if it was a film. Yeah, I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to TV, I must admit, I just like the big screen, you know? … Qui-Gon, I can’t believe it’s 24 years since we made [Star Wars:] The Phantom Menace, I just cannot believe where the time has gone. It was a terrific experience, shooting that film in London.”
While Neeson appears to cast doubt on the chances of him reappearing in the role of Qui-Gon in Obi-Wan Kenobi, it should be noted he previously returned to the franchise twice to voice Qui-Gon in the animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Maybe he really is done with small-screen appearances for a franchise he joined so long ago, or maybe Neeson is simply trying to throw fans off the scent.
Here is the synopsis for the upcoming Star Wars series:
During the reign of the Galactic Empire, former Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi embarks on a crucial mission. Kenobi must confront allies turned enemies and face the wrath of the Empire.”
Directed by Deborah Chow from Joby Harold’s scripts, the series stars Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie. The series will also see the return of legendary Star Wars composer John Williams, who scored a theme.
Obi-Wan Kenobi will hit Disney Plus on May 27, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming series, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.