Liam Neeson, who plays Qui-Gon Jinn in the Star Wars franchise, spoke about the possibility of returning and what it would take to bring him back in the Jedi Master suit. He previously appeared on Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), which introduced the character as the Master of Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Jedi who encountered Anakin Skywalker.
Qui-Gon did not survive the events of The Phantom Menacebeing killed by Darth Maul and leaving Obi-Wan the task of training Anakin, but his name would appear again in the Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), where it was revealed that Yoda communed with Qui-Gon’s spirit and learned from him the secret to achieving immortality in the Force.
With the new Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi coming to Disney+ in late May, many fans are hoping to see Qui-Gon return as a Force ghost. In March, the website Making Star Warswhich usually hits many predictions, assured that the actor is in the seriesalthough he could not say if he will appear physically or just his voice.
Shortly afterward, Liam Neeson participated in the program Jimmy KimmelLive and was asked about rumors of his appearance on Ewan McGregor’s seriesbut his response was disheartening to fans: “I heard that Ewan McGregor is doing a series about Obi-Wan. No, I don’t think I will participate. They didn’t contact me.”
Now, the actor has once again denied that he would return to the role in the Disney+ series, and interestingly said that he would return to the Star Wars universe only if it was to make a movie. In an interview with comic bookhe commented the following when asked if he would play Qui-Gon Jinn again:
“Oh, I think so, yeah, yeah, I think so… if it were a movie. 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 been 24 years since we made Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, I just can’t believe where time has gone. It was a fantastic experience shooting that movie in London.”
Liam Neeson returned to the franchise twice to voice Qui-Gon in the animated series. The Clone Wars. Maybe he’s really stopped making series appearances, but we can’t rule out the possibility that the actor is simply trying to throw fans off his feet.
Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres on Disney+ on May 27.