Star Wars has at all times been a industrial model from the beginning, however you possibly can actually begin to really feel that over the previous few years. Between spinoffs centered on Boba Fett and Obi-Wan, the incoming one for Ahsoka Tano, and a by-product initially meant for Cara Dune, the franchise has an obsession with shedding as a lot gentle on its key gamers as potential. And the query isn’t actually if this’ll proceed, however what character will get the remedy subsequent.
Liam Neeson needs no a part of this, nevertheless. Whereas on What Occurs Stay, the actor was requested if he’d ever come again to do a by-product as Qui-Gon Jinn, his Jedi grasp from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace who discovered a younger Anakin Skywalker and whose dying served because the kickoff for a number of occasions through the prequel period. Neeson had no issues capturing these potentialities down, and decried that there was “so many spin-offs of Star Wars. It’s diluting it to me, and it’s taken away a few of the thriller and magic in a bizarre means.”
Beforehand, Neeson got here again to play Qui-Gon a handful of occasions post-Phantom, together with temporary voice cameos in two of the live-action movies. He’s had extra substantial returns with Obi-Wan Kenobi, and he additionally voiced the grownup model of the character within the current anthology collection Tales of the Jedi (his son, Micheál Richardson, voiced the younger Qui-Gon). Earlier than these, he voiced Qui-Gon in Star Wars: The Clone Wars; as soon as within the “Mortis” trilogy, and once more throughout season six’s last run of episodes.
The actor isn’t completely unsuitable when he says that spinoffs have diluted a few of the enjoyable out of the bigger franchise. It’s an issue that every one collection finally face once they resolve to develop, and it’s in all probability why Disney is beginning to present some restraint with regard to it and Marvel’s output.
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