Liam Neeson talks about his Star Wars Qui-Gon Jinn return – The Hollywood Reporter

[This story contains spoilers for Obi-Wan Kenobi.]

Qui-Gon Jinn is back.

star wars fans were floored on Wednesday when Liam Neeson returned to a galaxy far, far away in the series finale of Obi Wan Kenobi on Disney+.

At the last moment of the star wars miniseries, Neeson returned (in live-action form, as he voiced the character in Star Wars: The Clone Wars) to the franchise for the first time since Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) as Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn. It had been teased since the first episode that Qui-Gon might make an appearance, but there was never any guarantee. And given how much time has passed since Neeson last played the character, it was hard to determine his interest in donning his Jedi robes one more time.

The Oscar-nominated actor said The Hollywood Reporter that his decision to return to the franchise was for a number of reasons.

“I definitely didn’t want anyone else to play Qui-Gon Jinn, and I wanted to show my respect for George. [Lucas] and this mythical world he created,” Neeson said. THR. Also, Ewan [McGregor] is a friend, and I loved working with him during The Phantom Menace 25 years ago.

Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson in STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE, 1999.
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In the 1999 film, Qui-Gon was Obi-Wan’s master, and through a series of events, the Jedi pair found Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) on Tatooine. Shortly after helping secure Anakin’s freedom, Qui-Gon was killed in a lightsaber duel with Darth Maul (Ray Park).

Neeson noted in years past that he was still a fan of the film and ignored the initial criticism, which has since subsided with a generation of fans being very fond of the film. The Phantom Menace, attack of the clones and Revenge of the Sith.

“I like [Phantom Menace]Neeson told Andy Cohen on SiriusXM Radio Andy in 2020. “I’m proud of it and proud to have been a part of it.” I must be a Jedi. I have to play with these wonderful lightsabers and all that. It was great, Andy, really.

As for Neeson’s return to the franchise, fans have been eagerly waiting ever since Yoda (Frank Oz) told Obi-Wan in Revenge of the Sith that he would teach her how to connect with her late master’s Force ghost. On Wednesday, this planted seed finally bloomed.

All Obi Wan Kenobi The series is now streaming on Disney+.

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