Expectations for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, which premieres in a month, are incredibly high. It features the long-awaited return of Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, and fans are hopeful that it might also mark the return of Liam Neeson as well.
Neeson portrayed Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace, playing Obi-Wan’s master, and it was Qui-Gon who taught Obi-Wan to return from the netherworld of the Force during Kenobi’s time in exile on Tatooine. So while an appearance in this series would make sense, we’ve had no indication that it’s actually going to happen. Last year, he said that he hadn’t been approached about being in the series.
A further indication that it might not be happening is some recent comments made by Neeson in an interview with ComicBook.com. Asked if he’d be willing to return as Qui-Gon, Neeson said, “Oh, I think so, yeah, yeah, yeah, I think so … if it was a film. Yeah, I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to TV, I must admit, I just like the big screen, you know? Qui-Gon, I can’t believe it’s 24 years since we madeThe Phantom Menace, I just cannot believe where the time has gone. It was a terrific experience, shooting that film in London.”
Though he expressed a willingness to return, his clarification that he’d be willing to return for a film rather than a TV series seems to be a direct confirmation that he’s not going to be in Obi-Wan Kenobi – which means that at the very least fans should temper their expectations about whether he’ll show up or not. But whether or not this is actually the case does remain to be seen. We should take this at face value… but remember that McGregor repeatedly lied about his involvement because he couldn’t say anything for the longest time. That is, unfortunately, sometimes the way things work. But the fact that Neeson seemed to go out of his way a bit to stipulate he’d return for film rather than TV is certainly notable.
It’s true that he does much more movies than shows, but he does do some TV – and he actually appeared in a Star Wars series before! He returned to voice Qui-Gon Jinn in three episodes of The Clone Wars, and then he also provided a voice cameo for the film The Rise of Skywalker in 2019. He seems very willing to return to Star Wars, but the question is about which project it’d be for. This one makes a ton of sense, but like I said earlier, there’s been no indication that he’ll be in it. I remain hopeful that he will be – and there are still canon clues that suggest it would fit all too well – but we shall see in a little over a month!