Surprise ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Actor Breaks Silence on ‘Star Wars’ Return


Obi Wan KenobiThe intense season finale ended with Ewan McGregor’s famed Jedi meeting a familiar – and much-anticipated – face from the star wars prequels. Spoilers follow.

After Obi-Wan said goodbye to Leia and, of course, “Hello there” to Luke Skywalker, the Jedi Master traveled to the deserts of Tatooine. Just before the episode ended, Obi-Wan finally met his former master, whom he had been trying to contact since the series premiere episode. Qui-Gon Jinn, once again portrayed by Liam Nesson, appeared to Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan as a Force ghost and the two set out to complete Obi-Wan’s training.

Qui-Gon Jinn’s return had been teased ever since Obi Wan Kenobi‘s first episode, which saw the Jedi fail to commune with his deceased master. Given Obi-Wan’s arc throughout the series, which saw his faith in the Jedi restored and the guilt he felt over Anakin’s fall from the dark side overcome, the arrival of Qui-Gon at the end of the series seemed inevitable. Now Liam Neeson has talked about bringing The Phantom Menaceis the quintessential Jedi master out of retirement (and back from the dead).

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter about her comeback star wars universe, Liam Neeson spoke about the attachment he feels for the character and his working relationship with George Lucas and Ewan McGregor:

“I definitely didn’t want anyone else to play Qui-Gon Jinn, and I wanted to show my respect for George. [Lucas] and this mythical world he created. Also, Evan [McGregor] is a friend, and I loved working with him during The Phantom Menace 25 years ago.

Although Liam Neeson’s cameo as Qui-Gon Jinn was brief, it was a powerful moment to end this season of Obi Wan Kenobi. Rumors of a second season abound, but nothing has been confirmed yet. If, however, a second season were to happen, it looks like Qui-Gon could play a bigger role.

Here is the synopsis of Obi Wan Kenobi:

Under the rule of the Galactic Empire, former Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi embarks on a crucial mission. Kenobi must face allies turned enemies and face the wrath of the Empire.

Directed by Deborah Chow from scripts by Joby Harold, the series stars Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang , Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie. The series will also see the return of the legendary star wars composer John Williams, who scored a theme.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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