Star Wars actor Liam Neeson would play Qui-Gon Jinn once again.
And that might actually be a good thing.
During an interview with Yahoo! Movies UK, the 65-year-old actor confirmed that he would be interested in reprising his role as the Jedi Master… even though he died back in Episode One.
“This is the first time I’m hearing of this,” he said of the upcoming Obi-Wan spin-off film. “No one’s been in touch with me. I know in the Star Wars world anything is possible.”
“In the first one, The Phantom Menace, I died,” he added. “But we know, you know, Jedis come back and stuff but no one’s been in touch. We’ll see.”
It’s certainly true that Jedi have been known to return from beyond the grave… and even his own character, Qui-Gon Jinn, was supposed to return for a brief scene in Revenge of the Sith.
Unfortunately, that never panned out and the scene was cut.
But Qui-Gon is mentioned in passing by Yoda.
“An old friend has learned the path to immortality,” he tells Obi-Wan. “One who has returned from the netherworld of the Force… Your old Master.”
Could this pave the way for Liam Neeson to return?
Well, it could be a nice touch to include Qui-Gon in the upcoming Obi-Wan movie. After all, old Jedi masters have a habit of turning up as Force ghosts just when their former-apprentices need them. And if Ewan McGregor ends up reprising his role as a young Obi-Wan, it would be a neat connection to the prequel trilogy, as well as being a rather cool moment.
But for now, we’ll have to wait and see.