Liam Neeson Would Love To Reprise His Role As Qui-Gon Jinn in a Star Wars Spin-Off
To many he's known as the Dad with a very particular set of skills, but to most of us geeks Liam Neeson is the sage Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn. It's been almost 16 years since Neeson starred in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, but when he was asked by Yahoo Movies UK whether or not he would be interested in reprising the role in a spin-off movie, the actor made his thoughts pretty clear.
Neeson's response was one of absolute openness to the idea, but he's also struggling with the same critical point that most of us are when we hear the rumors of a Qui-Gon spin-off....he's not entirely sure how it would work.
"Yeah, I'd say so. Yeah, that would be terrific," said Neeson when asked if he would come back to Star Wars. "Qui-Gon Jinn was the mentor to Darth Vader, so unless you went back in time or he becomes a hologram or something, but he's a Jedi and anything can happen in Star Wars world."
Like Neeson, I would love to see a Qui-Gon origin story. After all, he's one of the most renowned Jedi in history and he was one of only a handful of Jedi who were ever able to harness the Force after his death. But, writing a story that would allow a Liam Neeson, now 16 years older than the Qui-Gon who died in Phantom Menace would be challenging, especially if you want to avoid the convoluted mess that the folks behind Terminator Genisys have gotten themselves into in order to shoehorn Arnie into their movie. That being said, the prospect of seeing Qui-Gon's path - from training to execution - into the afterlife would be a tantalizing one, so I'm willing to allow a bit of creative license on how they do it.
Neeson also gave his two cents on THAT new look Lightsaber, and he expressed a wee bit of concern about the practicalities of its design.
"I had a couple of worries about that lightsaber. I thought if it comes in anywhere close to you, it's like having a jet of [burning] fluid hitting your clothes and your skin, but I'm sure they've thought that out."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released on December 18th 2015....that's just 344 days away!