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Star Wars star opens up about his Obi-Wan Kenobi cameo

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the new Disney Plus show
Obi-Wan was reunited with more than one character from his past in Obi-Wan Kenobi. (Image credit: Lucasfilm)

*this article contains spoilers for the Obi-Wan Kenobi season finale*

The final moments of Obi-Wan Kenobi contained a very special surprise for Star Wars fans. 

Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) had unsuccessfully attempted to make contact with his former Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn at multiple points in the series; after defeating Darth Vader one final time, he'd packed up his things to leave Luke Skywalker (Grant Feelt) in the care of his adoptive parents at the end of the Disney Plus series.

As he prepared to head into the desert, he came across the Force Ghost of Qui-Gon, who was once again portrayed by Liam Neeson for the first time since The Phantom Menace in 1999. Predictably, fans went absolutely wild over Neeson's cameo, and the actor has now revealed the multiple reasons that he decided to reprise his role.

Speaking to THR (opens in new tab), Liam Neeson said: "I certainly didn't want anyone else playing Qui-Gon Jinn, and I wanted to show my respect for George [Lucas] and that mythical world that he created. Plus, Ewan is a pal, and I loved working with him during The Phantom Meance 25 years ago."  

Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn in Obi-Wan Kenobi

Liam Neeson in Obi-Wan Kenobi. (Image credit: Lucasfilm / Disney Plus)

Qui-Gon was a pivotal character in The Phantom Menace. He oversaw Obi-Wan's Jedi training and secured Anakin Skywalker's freedom from slavery on Tatooine, before being killed in a lightsaber duel with Darth Maul. 

The possibility of a Qui-Gon Jinn cameo in the limited series was one of the most talked-about rumors before the show premiered, even though Liam Neeson was not part of the official cast announcements.

Neeson himself also basically ruled out his return in Obi-Wan Kenobi ahead of the series premiere when he told ComicBook.com that he would be open to returning as Qui-Gon Jinn, but only on the big screen. He said: "if it was a film. Yeah, I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to TV, I must admit, I just like the big screen, you know?"

Liam Neeson isn't done playing Qui-Gon, either. He will be lending his voice to Qui-Gon in the upcoming animated anthology series, Tales of the Jedi; Neeson's son will also voice a younger version of the same character in the show.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is available to stream now exclusively on Disney Plus. Tales of the Jedi is due to hit Disney Plus later this year.

Martin Shore
Martin Shore

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.