The Academy Award-nominated actor spoke with The Hollywood Reporter that his decision to return to the franchise was due to several reasons.
“I certainly didn’t want anyone else to play Qui-Gon Jinn, and I wanted to show my respect for George [Lucas] and that mythical world that he created”Neeson told THR. “Also, Evan. [McGregor] He’s a friend and I loved working with him on The Phantom Menace 25 years ago.”
In the 1999 film, Qui-Gon was Obi-Wan’s master, and through a series of events, the Jedi duo found Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) on Tatooine. Not long after helping secure Anakin’s freedom, Qui-Gon was killed during a lightsaber duel with Darth Maul (Ray Park).
Neeson has revealed in years past that he was always a fan of the film and shrugged off initial criticism, which has since dwindled with a generation of fans loving The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Dead. the Sith.
“I like it [La amenaza fantasma]Neeson told Andy Cohen on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy channel in 2020. “I’m proud of that and proud to have been a part of it. I was a Jedi. I got to play with those wonderful lightsabers and stuff. It was fantastic, Andy, it really was.”
As for Neeson’s return to the franchise, fans have been waiting with bated breath ever since Yoda (Frank Oz) told Obi-Wan in Revenge of the Sith that he would teach him how to connect with his late master’s Force ghost. On Wednesday, that planted seed finally blossomed.
The entire Obi-Wan Kenobi series is complete on Disney+.