The Obi-Wan Kenobi TV show will feature a number of returning characters and on-screen reunions – but Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn return won’t be part of that number.
Speaking to ComicBook.com, Neeson all but confirmed that he wasn’t involved with Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney Plus. When asked if he’d be up for reprising his role as Qui-Gon in a galaxy far, far away, the Taken and Derry Girls actor, who played Obi-Wan’s mentor in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, indicated that he would. However, Neeson added that he would only return for a Star Wars movie – ending fan hopes for a potential cameo (as Ghost Force) in Obi-Wan’s TV series.
“Oh, I think so, yeah, yeah, yeah, I think so…if it was a movie,” Neeson replied. “Yeah, I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to TV, I have to admit, I just like the big screen, you know?”
Star Wars fans secretly hoped that Neeson’s Qui-Gon would play a minor role in Obi-Wan’s standalone adventure. After all, there are plenty of examples of dead Jedi appearing to their former apprentices throughout Star Wars’ illustrious history. Many had then hoped that Qui-Gon would appear in front of Obi-Wan at some point in the latter’s next television series.
Of course, Neeson isn’t outright denying he’ll appear in Obi-Wan. However, his comments about only returning to the Star Wars franchise for a movie role strongly suggest he won’t make an appearance on the show.
Still, plenty of other returning faces will appear in Obi-Wan’s six-episode series. Ewan McGregor reprises his role from the Star Wars prequel trilogy as the titular hero, while Hayden Christensen returns as Darth Vader. Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse will also return as Owen and Beru Lars from Episodes I, II, and III, the duo who raised Luke Skywalker after Anakin Skywalker turned to the dark side and became the legendary Sith Lord. is known today.
Obi-Wan will launch exclusively on Disney Plus on Friday, May 27. The first two episodes of the show will air on that date, with the remaining four arriving weekly thereafter.
Analysis: Qui-Gon, but not forgotten
Qui-Gon Jinn may only have appeared in one live-action Star Wars production, but Neeson’s turn as a Jedi Master was one of the best parts of Lucasfilm’s prequel trilogy.
Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III are looked down upon by large swaths of the Star Wars fanbase, with the films’ reliance on politics, heavy CGI effects, and laughable dialogue among fan complaints. Neeson’s Qui-Gon, however, was considered a highlight of Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, and he remains a fan-favorite character to this day.
Qui-Gon has gone on to appear in a number of Star Wars comics since first appearing in The Phantom Menace; his backstory being fleshed out in various comic book series and other Star Wars books and novels. The highly respected Qui-Gon still ranks high on lists of the most beloved and/or most powerful Jedi of all time, showing that fans are still yearning for more characters two decades after his one and only cinematic appearance. .
Despite Neeson’s reluctance to appear on a Star Wars TV show, it seems like he could be persuaded to return for a big-screen adventure. It also marks a turnaround for Neeson, who told Entertainment Tonight (in February 2020) that he would not consider returning to Star Wars in any capacity. It’s unclear where, when, or how he would appear in a future Star Wars movie, but Neeson has certainly left the door open for him to return if he feels the project is the right fit.
Even if he doesn’t, there are plenty of other Star Wars projects on the way. Live-action standalone TV shows centered on Ahsoka Tano and Cassian Andor are on the way in 2022, while The Mandalorian season 3 will premiere on Disney Plus this year. Hopefully, anyway.
Meanwhile, anime shows including The Bad Batch season 2 are also expected to release in the future. For more details on every Star Wars movie and TV show in development, check out our handy guide.