Liam Neeson is one of the world’s biggest action stars. But who did he play in Star Wars? He played Qui-Gon Jinn, the Jedi Master who taught Obi-Wan Kenobi. Despite Qui-Gon’s death in The Phantom Menace, he continued to play a part in future productions. His voice could be heard in Attack of the Clones by Yoda when he sensed something with Anakin Skywalker. This is after Skywalker kills the Tusken Raiders who had kidnapped his mother, Shmi Skywalker Lars.
Qui-Gon is only referenced once in Revenge of the Sith. Liam Neeson has returned to play the character several times, including a few episodes of The Clone Wars series where he appears as a Force Ghost to Obi-Wan. He also made a last-minute appearance in the final minutes of the series finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
There is a reference to Jinn at the beginning of the show. There may have been a reference to him in Ahsoka. Huyang, Ahsoka’s droid companion, says she comes from a line of non-traditional Jedi. Qui-Gon was as non-traditional as it came.
Liam’s son, Michéal Richardson, also voiced Qui-Gon Jinn as a younger man when he was under the tutelage of Dooku during Tales of the Jedi. Michéal studied his father’s performance in The Phantom Menace to get a glimpse of the character as a younger man rather than the iteration his dad played.
Seeing Qui-Gon in his prime was an interesting idea. It gives more depth to his appearance in The Phantom Menace. Moreover, it also gives the audience an idea of where his beliefs came from. Finally, it also explores his relationship with Dooku.