Hoping to see Liam Neeson in the Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series? You may want to dial back your expectations.
Since we reported last week that Hayden Christensen signed on to reprise the role of Anakin Skywalker in the upcoming Kenobi series, other outlets have reported that Lucasfilm is in negotiations with Liam Neeson to reprise the role of Qui-Gon Jinn. But is this actually the case? Well, it certainly does sound like it, but don’t expect him to be nearly the lynchpin that Hayden Christensen will be. After talking to my source at Lucasfilm, it does not look like we will be “seeing” Qui-Gon in his physical form, and even a voice role isn’t 100%. The reasoning behind this is because of storyline and scheduling.
My source said that the storyline for the Kenobi series is still being worked on, but that, just like the other shows, everything will be canon. So they aren’t going to bring back Qui-Gon just for the fun of it. The other issue is Liam Neeson’s working schedule. Apparently, it is pretty much full for the foreseeable future, with multiple movies either in production or pre-production right now. Now, this does not mean that Neeson couldn’t come into studio for a day and do some voicing for the show. Although small, there may be a possibility we could here Qui-Gon talk to Obi-Wan in the show.
This may not seem like a surprise to The Clone Wars fans. Neeson offered his services to voice Qui-Gon for three episodes (two during season 3 and one during season 6) and we learned that Qui-Gon had not completed his training before being killed by Darth Maul. He was only halfway through his training which allows him to contact living beings but not be able to manifest into a force ghost. This led to The Clone Wars to expand on the training seeing Yoda go through at the end of season six. Qui-Gon is able to contact Yoda through the Force and explain that he was partially able to complete the training to truly become one with the Force. Yoda then goes on his own journey traveling to the sith world of Moraband to confront his fears in order to complete the training.
Of course, the speculation of Qui-Gon Jinn being in the Kenobi series comes from the last part of Revenge of the Sith when Master Yoda tells Obi-Wan that while looking over Luke, he will need to train from his old master. So, of course, it was natural for some to assume that we would see Liam Neeson back in his role. Unfortunately, at this moment, it does not look like that will be happening. Liam Neeson has mentioned before that he doesn’t care to go back to that role, but he has offered his voice for a couple of episodes of The Clone Wars, ROTS, and TROS.
Related: Hayden Christensen Has Signed On For Kenobi Series And It’s A Big Role | LRM Top Shelf Rumor
What do you all think? I am a huge fan of Qui-Gon and would love to see him back in some sort of fashion in the Star Wars Universe. One of the biggest disappointments in my fandom was the death of Qui-Gon and Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace. At least Darth Maul has had a renaissance in The Clone Wars and Rebels but the story of Qui-Gon has mainly been left to comic books.
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