MOVIE NEWS – It was a defining moment for Ewan McGregor when Liam Neeson’s legendary Jedi master reappeared in the final episode of his Disney+ series (WARNING, spoiler alert if you haven’t seen the Obi-Wan Kenobi series!)
Liam Neeson played Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and served as the master of the padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by Ewan McGregor. Unfortunately, Qui-Gon was assassinated by Darth Maul in the film’s final moments, leaving Obi-Wan to train Anakin Skywalker, which kicked off the nine-movie Skywalker saga in the Star Wars universe.
However, in the hit Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi, Neeson reprised his role for a brief cameo as a Force ghost who communicates with McGregor’s Obi-Wan.
The moment was a special one for Star Wars fans, as the actor had been asked to reprise his iconic role since his first and only appearance. The possibility was always there for him to return in subsequent films, but it was until 2022 and the days of streaming on Disney+ that the beloved actor would have to wait until the Jedi Master’s robes were reappeared.
On August 14, Ewan McGregor appeared at a Fan Expo event in Boston and shared his praise and admiration for Neeson with ComicBook.com. The Obi-Wan actor said it was a “great relationship we’ve had together, fantastic”.
“Liam is a hero of mine.”
“Liam has got to be, I don’t know, ten years, maybe a bit more, older than I. So when I was growing up and wanting to be an actor, I was always watching Liam Neeson’s work, and he was involved in some beautiful work as a younger actor. And so to get the chance to work with him and to have this great relationship that we got to create together is fantastic, and to get the chance to work with himself again on the series right at the end.”
Liam Neeson isn’t done with Star Wars just yet, as he’s set to reprise his role in the animated series Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi as a voice actor. The series will be a 6-part animated short film series coming to Disney+ later this fall.
Fans were shocked to hear that Liam Neeson would not be returning as Obi-Wan Kenobi last April, which he mentioned in an interview with ComicBook.com.
The actor said he prefers the big screen and would not be appearing in the Disney+ series. But of course, it turned out to be a lie, and Neeson returned in June to the delight of fans.
Is there any chance of the beloved actor returning once more in a live-action setting? It could easily be because although Neeson is now 70, age is becoming less of a barrier for actors these days. However, after the incredible conclusion to Obi-Wan Kenobi, another performance may not be needed.