Obi-Wan: Liam Neeson Says Lucasfilm Doesn’t Have Enough Money to Make Him Return

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By Bri Constantino | More Articles Socially awkward straightedge fraud.
June 10, 2021  04:57 PM

I think we can all agree that Liam Neeson's time in the Star Wars franchise was criminally short-lived but the acclaimed actor is still regarded by fans as a bonafide Star Wars legend and understandably so. Neeson was part of the prequel trilogy's opening salvo The Phantom Menace as Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and considering he played a vital role in the 1999 film, it came as a huge shocker to a lot of fans when he was killed off in the franchise way too early. 


Now, with Ewan McGregor set to make his triumphant return to the franchise in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series along with Hayden Christensen, fans believe that this is the perfect opportunity to also bring back Neeson to the fold. However, when asked about his potential involvement in the series, the Batman Begins actor quickly denied that Qui-Gon is set to appear in Obi-Wan.

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Liam said that he was never approached by Disney and Lucasfilm to reprise his role. He said: "I heard Ewan McGregor was going to do a series. No, I don’t think so. No, I haven’t been approached." He would also jokingly throw shade at the production company and told Kimmel that Lucasfilm doesn't have enough money to afford his services.

It's worth noting that the Obi-Wan series is set 10 years following the events of Revenge of the Sith. Interestingly, it's also around the time when Qui-Gon officially becomes a Force ghost as told by the book Skywalker: A Family at War which is considered canon to the franchise. I don't know about you but the order of events seems to indicate that a Qui-Gon Jinn appearance is actually plausible.

No official release date for Obi-Wan has been announced.

Also Read: Obi-Wan Series Responsible for Beloved Star Wars Show Getting Pushed Back to Late 2022

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