Star Wars: Liam Neeson reveals he would return as Qui-Gon Jinn in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
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Liam Neeson has said he would return to the Star Wars universe as Qui-Gon Jinn in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Neeson played the Jedi Master in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, but the character was killed by Darth Maul’s double lightsaber and was absent from the rest of the prequel trilogy.

Speaking to Collider, Neeson responded to a question about appearing in the Obi-Wan Disney Plus show with: “Sure, I'd be up for that, yeah.”

At first, the actor was slightly confused by the idea of returning, commenting that he hadn’t heard of anyone asking for Qui-Gon to come back, then saying: “Sure I'd like to, I mean, I'm wondering is Star Wars starting to fade away from the cinema landscape do we think?” Once informed of the 10 new Disney Plus series headed our way, including the Obi-Wan series, Neeson seemed more open to the possibility.

If Qui-Gon did appear in the Ewan McGregor-lead series, it would make a lot of sense – Obi-Wan was trained by Qui-Gon, and at the end of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Yoda told him the Jedi master had some extra training for him down on Tatooine. With Hayden Christensen returning as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, the series seems primed for a Star Wars reunion. 

Plus, as the galaxy far, far away is set to expand ever further with new live-action series like The Book of Boba Fett, Andor, Ahsoka and more, now is the perfect time to delve deeper into characters we already know and love. Qui-Gon’s wise and calm guidance could be just the thing Obi-Wan needs after the traumatic events of Revenge of the Sith.

We’ll have to wait and see to find out if Neeson will return to the Star Wars franchise, but until then check out everything we know about The Mandalorian season 3.

Molly Edwards
Entertainment Writer

I'm an Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, covering all things film and TV for the site's Total Film and SFX sections. I previously worked on the Disney magazines team at Immediate Media, and also wrote on the CBeebies, MEGA!, and Star Wars Galaxy titles after graduating with a BA in English.