Perhaps the most exciting thing about the Disney era of ‘Star Wars’ is the way it has opened up the possibility of seeing fan favorite characters return to the big screen. Not only have icons like Luke Skywalker returned to play major roles in the ongoing sequel trilogy, we’ll also be seeing their early days in films like this summer’s ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story‘. In addition, rumors continue to swirl regarding future spinoffs for characters ranging from Boba Fett to Yoda.
The most recent development on that front came in the form of reports that development was underway on an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff, for which Ewan McGregor would presumably return to play the iconic Jedi Master. In addition to Obi-Wan himself, such a film opens up the possibility of appearances by any number of familiar faces, up to and including his own master, Qui-Gon Jinn. While promoting his latest film, ‘The Commuter’, Liam Neeson was asked about the prospect. Here’s what he had to say:
“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. 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.”
Granted, it’s a pretty out there possibility at the moment, but there’s no reason he can’t, especially after a line of dialog in ‘Revenge of the Sith’ (later elaborated on in the final season of ‘Clone Wars’) revealed that Qui-Gon was responsible for teaching Obi-Wan and Yoda the techniques that allowed them to manifest as Force ghosts. And if Neeson were to appear in an Obi-Wan focused anthology film, it wouldn’t be the first time he reprised the role of Qui-Gon Jinn. Following ‘The Phantom Menace’, Jinn has appeared – as a Force ghost and in visions – in episodes of the ‘Clone Wars’ animated series.
Are there any classic ‘Star Wars’ characters you’d like to see in a future anthology film? Let us know in the comments! And as always, be sure to check back for more on future ‘Star Wars’ movies – including the upcoming ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ and ‘Episode IX’ – as it becomes available.