Will Qui-Gon Jinn be in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series?

A venerable if maverick Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) was a student of the living Force. Photo: Lucasfilm.
A venerable if maverick Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) was a student of the living Force. Photo: Lucasfilm. /

Excitement is brewing for the next live-action installment of the galaxy far, far away. Now with a confirmed release date, fans are eagerly anticipating the release of the upcoming Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi. But will the show be graced with the presence of the man who made it all happen, Qui-Gon Jinn?

The Kenobi series is very much a follow-up to the Prequel Trilogy, especially Episode III. In this understanding, it seems logical that events and characters from this time will be of relevance to the show’s story.

With this in mind, let’s remember one of the last pieces of dialogue from Revenge of the Sith as Obi-Wan and Yoda discuss their futures in the new Empire’s galaxy. Master Yoda revealed to Kenobi that he had new training to undergo whilst watching over the young Luke Skywalker on Tatooine.

The ancient Jedi claimed that there was someone who had “returned from the netherworld of the Force.” Obi-Wan’s own master, Qui-Gon Jinn. In the 17 years since we witnessed this exchange, there has been little discussion on what exactly this training contained. However, we can infer that it was indeed Jinn who taught Yoda and Kenobi how to preserve themselves in the Living Force after their physical deaths and enable them to appear as spirits in order to guide Luke and other future Jedi in the ways of the Force.

There has since been some canon material showing that Kenobi and Jinn spoke to one another on Tatooine so there is a pretext for a possible Qui-Gon appearance in the Obi-Wan show.

However, Liam Neeson, who first played the Jedi in The Phantom Menace back in 1999, has stated that while he’s interested, he has not been approached to reprise the role. Neeson has indeed played Qui-Gon more than once as he gave his voice for an appearance in The Clone Wars series as well as another voice cameo in The Rise of Skywalker.

But as the Jedi Master says himself “Don’t center on your anxieties… Keep your concentration here and now, where it belongs.”

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