It wasn’t too long ago that plans were revealed for the much-anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off film (though it’s important to note that the film hasn’t officially been announced by Disney or Lucasfilm), but already the rumor mills are in full operation about what exactly the film will be about.
Some have speculated that the film will show an instantly post-Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan dealing with remnants of the Separatists; but the general (and most likely) theory assumes that the film will take on a more Logan-esque tone with Kenobi roaming the Tatooine desert contemplating the downfall of the Jedi order….as well as his apprentice. In that same vein, fans are hopeful that we’ll get to see another Vader cameo following his appearance in Rogue One, perhaps this time in a more significant role.
Whatever the case may be, we already know that Ewan McGregor, who portrayed the character in the Star Wars prequels, is ready to go, and he’s even grown out the signature beard. But there’s another prequel actor who’s ready to come back. While making the rounds to promote his new film The Commuter, Liam Neeson was asked if he’d be willing to return as Qui-Gon Jinn, and he expressed his willingness.
Neeson went on to state that he hasn’t even heard of the projected film, though: “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.”
Of course, those who have seen The Phantom Menace are well aware that the noble Qui-Gon bit the dust in that one, but given the fact that Jedi have the ability to return as a “Force ghost,” it’s entirely possible that he could return in a twinkly blue form. After all, it was Qui-Gon who pioneered this method for fallen Jedi returning to the physical world, according to Yoda at the end of Revenge of the Sith.
However, this standalone film is most likely entirely contingent on whether the upcoming standalone Han Solo film fares well or withers on the vine. It’s more than likely that they’re waiting to formally announce the film until after that film proves itself. Additionally, it’s also possible that actors like Neeson won’t be hearing from Disney until after then.
Another indication that Lucasfilm would be open to bringing back a character like Qui-Gon is the fact that the revered Jedi master was actually featured in an episode of the Clone Wars animated series, which is still official canon, so we know that he’s still a semi-active part of Star Wars following the prequels.
Of course, there’s always the chance that Liam Neeson is just putting on a really good poker face here — as nearly every actor and actress attached to a Star Wars film is required to do — and has already been cast. Even McGregor, who’s on record as being completely gung-ho for returning to the role, has remained somewhat elusive on his involvement or non-involvement with the film.
We’ll just have to wait to hear from Lucasfilm until after this May when Solo: A Star Wars Story is released in theaters.