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Liam Neeson reprising role as Qui-Gon Jinn in Clone Wars

01.20.2011

If you thought you'd seen the last of Qui-Gon Jinn when he was burning to a crisp at the end of episode one, you're in luck. The character is returning via the animated Cllone Wars series, and he's bringing his A-list voice with him. Liam Neeson has signed on to appear in the Jan 28th and Feb 11th episodes of the show, appearing as a ghostly vision to give Obi-Wan advice.

Neeson might be the biggest name attracted to the series yet, which has featured voice work from Seth Green, George Takei, Michael York, Ron Perlman, Clancy Brown, and Jon Favreau. So why exactly is he taking time out of his busy schedule to return to this universe for a role from a movie that was generally lambasted by fans?

Talking to EW, Neeson said he wanted to return to Star Wars because “these characters resonate…even after all these years.” He adds, “Growing up, my heroes were cowboys; they were strong and mysterious, and it seemed like they always rode off into the sunset. For kids today, Star Wars has that same kind of magic. I really wanted to be a part of that.”

I haven't seen the TV series yet, but I did watch the CLONE WARS movie, and I have to say despite its blocky animation style and annoying new apprentice character, the dialogue and plot were far more convincing and coherent than any of the new trilogy movies, despite the fact they starred actual human beings.

Check out Neeson in action as Qui-Gon below in a brief clip showing his appearance.

Extra Tidbit: So, how's that live action Star Wars TV show coming along?
Source: EW

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8:40PM on 01/21/2011
You know, as much as I want to watch the Clone Wars to get my star wars "fix", it's just too childish for me to get into it. Even if a live action tv show is too expensive, I'd be happy with a miniseries. Anything for older star wars fans would be appreciated.
You know, as much as I want to watch the Clone Wars to get my star wars "fix", it's just too childish for me to get into it. Even if a live action tv show is too expensive, I'd be happy with a miniseries. Anything for older star wars fans would be appreciated.
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2:26PM on 01/21/2011
I'm glad he's returning as Qui-gon. Even though I don't keep up with the Clone Wars series since the first season, it's a decent show from what I've seen. The canon is all screwed up and it is a kids show, so just don't take it all too serious. The series is a lot better than that horrible Clone Wars movie, so don't let the movie set you off. I really need to catch up.
I'm glad he's returning as Qui-gon. Even though I don't keep up with the Clone Wars series since the first season, it's a decent show from what I've seen. The canon is all screwed up and it is a kids show, so just don't take it all too serious. The series is a lot better than that horrible Clone Wars movie, so don't let the movie set you off. I really need to catch up.
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12:39PM on 01/21/2011

Neeson is cool BUT

What is with the lightsaber sound effects in this? When Kenobi shuts down his saber it sounds like a zipper on a nylon track jacket...Why not just use the same sound from the movies?!?
What is with the lightsaber sound effects in this? When Kenobi shuts down his saber it sounds like a zipper on a nylon track jacket...Why not just use the same sound from the movies?!?
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3:36AM on 01/21/2011
Why does everything awesome about Star Wars that should've happened in the prequels themselves have to happen on The Clone Wars cartoon?
Why does everything awesome about Star Wars that should've happened in the prequels themselves have to happen on The Clone Wars cartoon?
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1:17AM on 01/21/2011
Green box for this.
Green box for this.
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10:51PM on 01/20/2011

Great news!

The Clone Wars is a great TV show. The "movie" was originally the first three episodes of Season 1, so that's why it probably didn't feel like movie material. However, the show is great and adding Qui-Gon in the episode after the Nightsisters trilogy (Savage Opress) is a great idea.

BTW, Cad Bane > Boba Fett in terms of canon.
The Clone Wars is a great TV show. The "movie" was originally the first three episodes of Season 1, so that's why it probably didn't feel like movie material. However, the show is great and adding Qui-Gon in the episode after the Nightsisters trilogy (Savage Opress) is a great idea.

BTW, Cad Bane > Boba Fett in terms of canon.
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7:55PM on 01/20/2011

Cool...

Qui Gon Jinn was the best character in the first movie and perhaps in the whole first trilogy. Glad to see him back.

BTW, didn't Lucas have plans for Qui Gon Jinn in Epidsode #2-3, in a similar vein as in the cartoon but never get him into the pictures? Seems I remember Neeson mentioning that he'd be back as a ghost in Episode #2 or #3, but it never (forgive me) materialized.
Qui Gon Jinn was the best character in the first movie and perhaps in the whole first trilogy. Glad to see him back.

BTW, didn't Lucas have plans for Qui Gon Jinn in Epidsode #2-3, in a similar vein as in the cartoon but never get him into the pictures? Seems I remember Neeson mentioning that he'd be back as a ghost in Episode #2 or #3, but it never (forgive me) materialized.
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7:23PM on 01/20/2011
Clone Wars The Movie was a P.O.S. because the whole movie centered around rescuing Jabba's son who resembled a P.O.S. There was also the matter of Jabba's uncle Ziro, what was the actual point of making him sound like Truman Capote and dressing up him up to a "flaming" homosexual? There really was none; it didn't advance the character or explain anything or have anything necessary to do with the character other than to have him look colorful and speak with a lisp which accomplishes
Clone Wars The Movie was a P.O.S. because the whole movie centered around rescuing Jabba's son who resembled a P.O.S. There was also the matter of Jabba's uncle Ziro, what was the actual point of making him sound like Truman Capote and dressing up him up to a "flaming" homosexual? There really was none; it didn't advance the character or explain anything or have anything necessary to do with the character other than to have him look colorful and speak with a lisp which accomplishes nothing.
Lastly, by involving/centering the movie on the main characters from the prequel trilogy i.e. Anakin, Padme the movie loses all the tension. The audience knows that Anakin and Padme will live on, so any scenarios dreamt up will be devoid of any real meaning to the overall storyline.
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6:07PM on 01/20/2011
Clone Wars is an awesome show, this is good news.
Clone Wars is an awesome show, this is good news.
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5:35PM on 01/20/2011
I had read that he was suppose to appear at the end of Episode III but couldn't because of scheduling conflicts. It'd be nice if they'd also finish those scenes and put him back in for the Blu Ray release. That half assed mention at the end didn't quite cut it.
I had read that he was suppose to appear at the end of Episode III but couldn't because of scheduling conflicts. It'd be nice if they'd also finish those scenes and put him back in for the Blu Ray release. That half assed mention at the end didn't quite cut it.
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4:17PM on 01/20/2011

BSG and SG popular?

What to 1.5 million people, thats less than the amount of people who foloow Justin Bieber, thats not popular its obscure. Just another data point of interest.Many things including Monk and Psych on Sunday night (which was generally considered very lousy ratings) beatdown BSG so badly that itís perplexing. it did worse than a new episode of Supernatural on the CW, and way, way, way, worse than any airing of Jericho. But, Iím not surprised by that at all
What to 1.5 million people, thats less than the amount of people who foloow Justin Bieber, thats not popular its obscure. Just another data point of interest.Many things including Monk and Psych on Sunday night (which was generally considered very lousy ratings) beatdown BSG so badly that itís perplexing. it did worse than a new episode of Supernatural on the CW, and way, way, way, worse than any airing of Jericho. But, Iím not surprised by that at all
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4:01PM on 01/20/2011
I really do enjoy this show quite a bit (though some episodes do, quite frankly, fall flat), but it totally makes it far more confusing to try and form an overarching definitive 'Star Wars' story since it messes with continuity so much.

The existence of Anakin's Padawan, while a fun character, is baffling since she never appears in the movies and is never mentioned. Does she die? Did they really think it was a good idea to create a children's show where they kill the character young kids
I really do enjoy this show quite a bit (though some episodes do, quite frankly, fall flat), but it totally makes it far more confusing to try and form an overarching definitive 'Star Wars' story since it messes with continuity so much.

The existence of Anakin's Padawan, while a fun character, is baffling since she never appears in the movies and is never mentioned. Does she die? Did they really think it was a good idea to create a children's show where they kill the character young kids relate with most? But regardless of whether she dies or not, you'd think your Padawan would come up in conversation at some point, so her inclusion is kinda sloppy.

Also, yes...Obi-Wan learns the ability to speak with force ghosts at the end of Episode III, so this also is a bit of an odd choice to include now...
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2:24PM on 01/20/2011
The Clone Wars series is not bad at all. The cool thing is that it focuses more on the fringe elements, like the pirates, the bounty hunters, the criminal underworld, the Jedi library, and lots of weird new planets and aliens.
The Clone Wars series is not bad at all. The cool thing is that it focuses more on the fringe elements, like the pirates, the bounty hunters, the criminal underworld, the Jedi library, and lots of weird new planets and aliens.
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2:17PM on 01/20/2011
a terrible character.. Liam Neeson did a fine job with nothing to work with, but really, he served no point in anything.
a terrible character.. Liam Neeson did a fine job with nothing to work with, but really, he served no point in anything.
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2:09PM on 01/20/2011

"I really wanted to be a part of that."


Well, since they're probably paying you $50 000 to talk into a microphone for about two hours, I'm sure you did, Liam. I'm sure you did.

Well, since they're probably paying you $50 000 to talk into a microphone for about two hours, I'm sure you did, Liam. I'm sure you did.
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4:08PM on 01/20/2011
Wouldn't you? I mean damn who wouldn't want to get paid $50,000 for talking for two hours? You can't blame the guy for doing it. The offer was on the table so why not. Plus he really does have a point about the kids growing up with Star Wars. Like it or not there is a whole new generation of kids who are growing up with the prequels and the Clone wars show. And whats wrong with that? Us old fans can enjoy the originals and they can enjoy there's and everyone's happy.
Wouldn't you? I mean damn who wouldn't want to get paid $50,000 for talking for two hours? You can't blame the guy for doing it. The offer was on the table so why not. Plus he really does have a point about the kids growing up with Star Wars. Like it or not there is a whole new generation of kids who are growing up with the prequels and the Clone wars show. And whats wrong with that? Us old fans can enjoy the originals and they can enjoy there's and everyone's happy.
4:17PM on 01/20/2011
Oh, undoubtedly. I just wish he'd be up-front about doing it for the money instead of pretending it's for any other reason.
Oh, undoubtedly. I just wish he'd be up-front about doing it for the money instead of pretending it's for any other reason.
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1:42PM on 01/20/2011
Someone seriously needs to cut Lucas's balls off and feed them to a wild animal or something.
Someone seriously needs to cut Lucas's balls off and feed them to a wild animal or something.
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1:35PM on 01/20/2011
I thought he fired his agent for putting him in Episode 1?
I thought he fired his agent for putting him in Episode 1?
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1:29PM on 01/20/2011
CONTINUITY? WHAT'S THAT?
CONTINUITY? WHAT'S THAT?
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9:17PM on 01/20/2011
Puh-lease! Star Wars continuity is nothing more than crappy pulp fiction novels, by crappy authors, with the star wars logo on it. At least Clone Wars has actual production value
Puh-lease! Star Wars continuity is nothing more than crappy pulp fiction novels, by crappy authors, with the star wars logo on it. At least Clone Wars has actual production value
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1:25PM on 01/20/2011
Wait a minute... doesn't this show take place between episodes 2 and 3? Doesn't Obi Wan only find out about being able to communicate with Qui Gon at the end of Episode 3?
Wait a minute... doesn't this show take place between episodes 2 and 3? Doesn't Obi Wan only find out about being able to communicate with Qui Gon at the end of Episode 3?
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1:32PM on 01/20/2011
Exactly what I was thinking. It only makes sense for him to communicate with Yoda in the show.
Exactly what I was thinking. It only makes sense for him to communicate with Yoda in the show.
1:41PM on 01/20/2011
@Brer B8a-
You're probably right. I guess the tv show script just assumes that everyone stopped giving a shit after episode 2. :-)
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You're probably right. I guess the tv show script just assumes that everyone stopped giving a shit after episode 2. :-)
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1:24PM on 01/20/2011
I used to think he was indeed a pointless character (Yoda taught Obi Wan), but his presence greatly boosted EP I. Too bad about the Live Action show, it would be great. If Battlestar Galactica and Stargate can be popular Sci Fi shows, why not SW? It has a built in audience.
I used to think he was indeed a pointless character (Yoda taught Obi Wan), but his presence greatly boosted EP I. Too bad about the Live Action show, it would be great. If Battlestar Galactica and Stargate can be popular Sci Fi shows, why not SW? It has a built in audience.
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1:22PM on 01/20/2011
Qui Gon was pretty much the best thing about the prequels.
Qui Gon was pretty much the best thing about the prequels.
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1:22PM on 01/20/2011
My only problem w/ Qui Gonn was the Neeson casting. Don't get me wrong, he's the BOMB, but he was too big at the time to be in a Star Wars film. Same w/ Samuel L. To this day, I see them in those roles and think it looks weird. Looking back at New Hope, other than over the hill Guiness and Cushing it was all unknowns and up & comers.
My only problem w/ Qui Gonn was the Neeson casting. Don't get me wrong, he's the BOMB, but he was too big at the time to be in a Star Wars film. Same w/ Samuel L. To this day, I see them in those roles and think it looks weird. Looking back at New Hope, other than over the hill Guiness and Cushing it was all unknowns and up & comers.
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1:21PM on 01/20/2011
The Clone Wars show is great, and very well done, I'll definitely be watching the Neeson episodes when they air next month.
The Clone Wars show is great, and very well done, I'll definitely be watching the Neeson episodes when they air next month.
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1:17PM on 01/20/2011
Qui Gonn Jinn was a pointless character and continues to be one. Beyond setting the stage for Obi-Wan and Anakin pairing, he offered nothing.
Qui Gonn Jinn was a pointless character and continues to be one. Beyond setting the stage for Obi-Wan and Anakin pairing, he offered nothing.
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1:15PM on 01/20/2011
Last I heard they'd completely scrapped the live action tv series. Apparently it was going to cost too much. On the plus side Liam was one of the few decent things about the prequels so this could be interesting.
Last I heard they'd completely scrapped the live action tv series. Apparently it was going to cost too much. On the plus side Liam was one of the few decent things about the prequels so this could be interesting.
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