Actor Liam Neeson has only been in one “Star Wars” movie to date, but he has left a mark on the franchise that will never be forgotten.
In 1999’s “The Phantom Menace,” Neeson played Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, which also introduces a younger Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and a very young Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd). Neeson recognizes that Anakin is strong in the Force and suggests he gets trained as a Jedi, which basically serves as a catalyst for the entire Skywalker Saga.
Neeson recently sat down with Comicbook.com to reveal whether or not he’d ever return to the franchise and he said he would… but there’s a catch.
Liam Neeson Will Only Return To ‘Star Wars’ On One Condition
It can be argued that the Disney+ “Star Wars” live-action series has become even more popular than the films in recent years. After the Skywalker Saga ended with 2019’s “The Rise of Skywalker,” the live-action series “The Mandalorian” proved to be an overwhelming success for Disney+.
Its spin-off series, “The Book of Boba Fett,” also reached a massive audience, which has prompted another Disney+ “Star Wars” series, such as “Andor,” “Ahsoka,” “The Acolyte,” and the upcoming “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series, which sees McGregor and Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader) reprising their roles from the prequel trilogy for the first time in 17 years.
With “Obi-Wan Kenobi” back in the spotlight, it was rumored that Neeson might potentially return to the series as a Force ghost. However, Neeson said that he is not interested in returning to the franchise in a Disney+ series. If it was a movie, maybe, not but a series.
When asked if he would want to return to a galaxy far, far away, Nesson replied, “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?” he added. “Qui-Gon, I can’t believe it’s 24 years since we made ‘The Phantom Menace,’ I just cannot believe where the time has gone. It was a terrific experience, shooting that film in London.”
Although it is certainly possible that Neeson is trying to cover up his involvement in the upcoming “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” series, if fans take him at his word, it means that they shouldn’t expect Qui-Gon Jinn to make an appearance.
Liam Neeson Is ‘Not A Huge Fan’ Of Big-Budget Franchises
In a previous interview with Entertainment Tonight, Neeson hinted that he was done with big-budget fantasy series, and that includes superhero films. “I’m really not a huge fan of the genre,” he said. “I think it’s Hollywood with all the bells and whistles and the technical achievements and stuff — which I admire — but I have no desire to go into the gym for three hours every day to pump myself up to squeeze into a Velcro suit with a cape.”
“I admire the actors and I know some of the actors who do it — and do it fantastically,” he continued. “It’s just not my genre, it really isn’t. The first Star Wars, I was in that, that was 22 years ago, and I enjoyed that, because it was novel and that was new. I was acting to tennis balls, which were ultimately going to be little fuzzy furry creatures and stuff. That was interesting, acting-wise, to try and make that seem real, but that was the last. It’s quite exhausting.”
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“Obi-Wan Kenobi” will release its first two episodes on Disney+ on May 27 to coincide with this year’s annual Star Wars Celebration.