Adding to an already-astounding third season, Entertainment Weekly broke the news Thursday that Liam Neeson would reprise his role as Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn in an upcoming series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes.
The noble character, who was slain at the end of 1999’s Episode I: The Phantom Menace, will appear to Obi-Wan Kenobi in Jedi visions. Neeson’s episodes will air Jan. 28 and Feb. 11.
Neeson tells EW he wanted to return to Star Wars because he felt that “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.”
Joining Neeson for at least part of the story arc will be Sam Witwer (Smallville, Syfy’s Being Human), who was the voice and likeness model for the player character in LucasArts’ Force Unleashed video games. Witer’s “co-star” from the first game, Adrienne Wilkinson, will also lend her voice talents to The Clone Wars.
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