Liam Neeson says he’s not up for a Disney+ series return

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 16: Actor Liam Neeson attends 'Venganza Bajo Cero' photocall at the Villamagna Hotel on July 16, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 16: Actor Liam Neeson attends 'Venganza Bajo Cero' photocall at the Villamagna Hotel on July 16, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images) /

It’s been reported Liam Neeson is open to a return as the revered Qui-Gon Jinn role in Star Wars. Though, it apparently comes at a cost. Neeson spoke with and share insights into what it meant to be a part of a galaxy far, far away during his role in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

In referencing his “terrific experience” with The Phantom Menace, the article references his Entertainment Tonight interview where he talks about the process involved in making Qui-Gon Jinn come alive on the big screen. “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.”

Will Liam Neeson return as Qui-Gon Jinn in Obi-Wan Kenobi?

It seems apparently clear that Liam Neeson does not want to go through the same mechanics involved in producing a Jedi on the small screen. He mentions being willing to return as Jinn for the big screen, so perhaps this might clearly determine that he won’t be a part of Obi-Wan Kenobi when it releases on Disney+.

Well, maybe we can look at his words and formulate a more precise meaning. Yes, maybe he doesn’t want to “go into the gym for three hours every day” to prep for the role. No, it doesn’t mean that’s what would be required to bring his presence back to the soon-to-be released Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Despite the appearances negating a possible TV appearance, nothing suggests such a taxing physical preparation would be necessary for a return role.

If he were to return as a “ghost” form, where he speaks to Obi-Wan through the Force, perhaps a simple voiceover role is all that’s needed. Yes, it’s purely speculation, but wouldn’t that be absolutely amazing to see on the small screen. He even admits to being “a bit of a snob when it comes to TV.” Perhaps digging in his heals, and pursuing only a voiceover role, would grant him the luxury of returning to a role he enjoyed, while his presence remains shrouded in mystery until his distinct voice is heard.

This type of return would make a Qui-Gon Jinn appearance such an exciting moment for Star Wars fans. If there is an expectation of not seeing him on TV, hearing his voice would surely bring a wealth of enjoyment to a fandom that appreciates the mentorship between a master and their apprentice. Reuniting Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi would be an impactful moment in the series, and even if it’s just Liam Neeson’s voice to return, it would surely enhance a series that’s already highly sought after.

Do you want to see Liam Neeson return as Qui-Gon Jinn in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series? Would a voiceover role satisfy you as a fan? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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