With an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff movie in the works, Liam Neeson says he's intrigued by the idea of returning as Qui-Gon Jinn. Following Disney's buyout of Lucasfilm, news quickly emerged that spinoff films would come each year between the continuation of the Skywalker saga. Rogue One, though largely based on the main story, managed to introduce all-new characters and tease the possibilities of the anthology films. But despite its success, Lucasfilm seems dead-set on each new film being a prequel for an established character.
Boba Fett and Yoda solo movies are said to be in the works, and even a film focusing on Jabba the Hutt has been rumored. And, of course, this year will see the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. But while the other films seem a long way off, an Obi-Wan Kenobi solo film seems to be moving forward. Word broke of it last year and it could actually benefit from the return of Ewan McGregor given the timeline of the movie would surely take place during the Jedi's exile between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. As for Obi-Wan's master, he may return as well.
Yahoo Movies UK spoke with Liam Neeson about his new film The Commuter and couldn't help but ask about the Obi-Wan solo film. And while Neeson admits he wasn't aware of the planned movie, he doesn't seem opposed to reprising his role in some fashion.
“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."
When it comes to the idea of anything being possible, the magic of the Star Wars universe would certainly be needed to bring Qui-Gon Jinn back. Despite the actor's presence and the intrigue surrounding the Jedi, he sadly didn't make it out of the first film. But in the galaxy far, far away, death isn't always the end.
“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.”
Like Yoda, Anakin, and Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon has reappeared at times in the Star Wars universe. It was actually Jinn who taught Yoda it was possible to live beyond death. In the canon novel From a Certain Point of View (set during the events of A New Hope), there's a chapter that sees Qui-Gon manifest to have a conversation with Obi-Wan about Luke Skywalker and the future. This seemed to suggest Qui-Gon could have a presence in a Kenobi film, and it would be a wasted opportunity if master and apprentice didn't reunite. The future of Obi-Wan might depend on Solo's success, but it's hard to deny how exciting it would be to see Neeson appear in the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie.
Source: Yahoo Movies UK
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