Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn is a very important figure in the Star Wars canon, despite the fact that he has only appeared in one of the movies. Though he famously had his "noble end" at the hands of Darth Maul in the finale of Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, the rogue Jedi's story didn't end there. Liam Neeson (the actor behind everyone's favorite midi-chlorian counter), has weighed in on whether Master Qui-Gon could possibly return to the world of Star Wars.
Yahoo! Movies U.K. recently asked Neeson about returning to the role, specifically in the rumored spin-off movie about Obi-Wan Kenobi. Neeson responded with “This is the first time I’m hearing of this. No one’s been in touch with me. I know in the Star Wars world anything is possible. In the first one, The Phantom Menace, I died, but we know, you know, Jedis come back and stuff, but no one’s been in touch. We’ll see.”
There are a few things to unpack here. The first thing is that no Kenobi spin-off film has officially been announced, although industry trades have reported that Stephen Daldry was in talks to direct one. Ewan McGregor has repeatedly said that he'd be very interested in returning if that film were to happen, but it is still only a bunch of rumors.
In terms of anything being possible? With the world of Star Wars, that is certainly true. The latest entry in the series, The Last Jedi, continued the proud tradition of Jedi returning as Force ghosts, so there's always potential for this to happen.
Which brings us to the most important point: Qui-Gon (and Liam Neeson) have already returned to Star Wars in this way. Though it was only in animated form during the run of The Clone Wars, Qui-Gon Jinn appeared once in body (during the Mortis arc in Season 3) and once as a disembodied spirit (in the Yoda arc of Season 6). He was voiced by Liam Neeson on both occasions.
While his appearance in Season 3 was interesting, his Season 6 appearance was vital to Star Wars lore. It is only through his spirit appearing to Yoda and guiding him on a journey of sacrifice that Yoda unlocks the knowledge to manifest his spirit after death — a lesson that Yoda imparts to Obi-Wan during the final moments of Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith. The fact that Obi-Wan and Yoda are able to appear as Force ghosts at all is because of Qui-Gon.
If the Kenobi spin-off does happen, Neeson's involvement would make perfect sense. Yoda taught Obi-Wan how to "commune" with him so that he could learn his techniques, and Obi-Wan's vanishing in the original Star Wars (and his reappearance in its sequels) proved that he did exactly that.
If the spin-off took place during Kenobi's exile on Tatooine, he'd certainly be communing with Qui-Gon's spirit. Neeson would potentially only need to lend his voice to such scenes, as his training in the Force-ghost ability was cut short. When guiding Yoda, he only appears as a set of wispy lights — as Neeson says, anything is possible.
What do you think? Do you want to see the team of Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon together again? Will Obi-Wan give him an Anakin-fueled "I told you so?" Would it be so wizard? Let us know in the comments.