Liam Neeson Says He Isn’t Involved in Obi-Wan Kenobi Series

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Liam Neeson. Photo by Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock (5735589ae)

Don’t expect Liam Neeson to dust off his lightsaber for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars series at Disney+. During a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Neeson revealed he hadn’t been offered a role in the project.  

Neeson starred in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, portraying Qui-Gon Jinn, a character who serves as a Jedi Master of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). And while Jinn died in the movie, returning dead characters in some way is a common occurrence in the Star Wars universe.

When asked by host Jimmy Kimmel whether he will be involved in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, Neeson had a disappointing answer for the Star Wars fans. “I heard Ewan McGregor was gonna do a series. No, I don’t think so. No, I haven’t been approached,” he said before jokingly adding that the producers “don’t have enough money” to lure him back.

Check out his response in full in the video below at the 06:50 mark.

Obi-Wan Kenobi television series will follow the adventures of the titular character, taking place 10 years after the events in 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. McGregor returns as a Kenobi, with Hayden Christensen also being set to reprise his role of Darth Vader.

The series will have a limited character, with six episodes being planned. It is expected to premiere at some point in 2022.