It seems like Liam Neeson is hanging up his Jedi robes and his lightsaber for good.
Movieweb reports that in an interview with Men’s Health, the actor was asked if he would be returning to Star Wars after his most recent appearance in the Disney+ series, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Neeson was quick to say, “No. Star Wars, no.” He then went on to add, “As much as I admire them… There’s just so many of them now. So I’ve lost track, unfortunately.”
This might not seem like a surprise to some fans. Movieweb also shares that Neeson has said before that “he would potentially return to the role so long as it was for a feature-length project.” But ever since Qui-Gon Jinn’s demise, Neeson has mostly done cameo work for a galaxy far, far away. And now, it appears that he’s finished for good.
Liam Neeson has been part of Star Wars for over two decades making his debut in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace as Qui-Gon Jinn. His first return to the franchise was for The Clone Wars for the three Mortis arc episodes as he reached out to guide his old padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi. After that, he was credited as one of the voices speaking to Rey in The Rise of Skywalker before making his onscreen live-action return in the final episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi. His last role was voicing Qui-Gon once again in the animated series Tales of the Jedi.
I do think it’s very fitting for Liam Neeson to hang up his role in Star Wars after Tales of the Jedi. He started playing this character in Episode I. Here, he returned to the role once again to portray the days leading up to the film. It feels very full circle to me.
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