Liam Neeson isn’t exactly known for his sense of humor, but the former Qui-Gon Jinn cracked a pretty good joke at Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 (opens in new tab) when he mentioned that he’s appearing in a new Star Wars solo film about the prequel trilogy’s most despised character, Jar Jar Binks.
During the convention’s celebration of 40 years of Star Wars, Neeson sent a video message to the crowd and delivered the “news” with a completely straight face. Check it out:
In case that video gets pulled or you can’t watch it for some reason, Neeson says, “I’ve been very honored to play Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace. I’m actually here on location in the Canadian Rockies. We’re making a very unofficial movie about Jar Jar Binks and what happened to Jar Jar. Spoiler alert - he did go to the dark side.”
He’s clearly joking, but I do sort of love the idea of Neeson starring in an unofficial fan film about the future of Jar Jar. And it sounds like he did his research when referencing Jar Jar’s future, because before The Force Awakens came out, the internet was full of fan theories about how (opens in new tab) and the true mastermind behind the rise of the Empire in the Star Wars saga. Unfortunately, the Lucasfilm Story Group didn’t take those suggestions to heart, and (opens in new tab) is so sad it might actually cause you to wipe a tear from your eye.