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Liam Neeson, Jimmy Smitts and Ian McDiarmid all back for Obi-Wan Kenobi series?

February 23rd, 2022 by Marc Comments

While we’re all counting down the days until the Obi-Wan Kenobi series hits on May 25th, we now have not one, not two but three new reasons to be even more excited for the show.

There are several new reports that the series will feature a young Luke and Leia and we will see Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan overseeing their safety from a distance but it seems that there will be a lot of familiar faces popping up.

We reported last June that Liam Neeson, who played Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, has said he was not approached about returning for the Obi-Wan series but now it seems that he has indeed returned.

Word in, see video below, that Neeson is in the new show but as of yet it’s unknown if he will merely be a voice, a Force Ghost or appear in a flashback. Neeson has previously returned for voice work in episodes of The Clone Wars and was almost cast as a Force Ghost in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith where we learned Qui-Gon has been communicating with Yoda from beyond the grave.

 George Lucas has previously said the Qui-Gon may at some stage learn to manifest as a Force Ghost, so there’s definitely a chance he could appear that way in the Disney+ show.

On top of this, it seems that Jimmy Smits will be reprising his role as Senator Bail Organa in the series, having previously appeared in the prequels, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Smitts also did voice work as the character in Clone Wars and Rebels, so he’s definitely attached to the role by this stage.

Finally, it looks like the Emperor himself, Ian McDiarmid will be back as the fully power Sith Lord, Sheev Palpatine for the show.

In a recent interview, left, the star was asked about his return and pointed out that he had been killed by Rey in The Rise of Skywalker: “I think I have to accept that, thanks to my ungrateful granddaughter, my annihilation was finally final.”

However, he added: “[But] Of course, [Darth] Vader is back in the new [Obi-Wan Kenobi] television series, so I suppose it’s not impossible that one day his mentor might be discovered once again skulking in the shadows.”

It certainly seems that he’s back, although, while we’re hearing that we’ll see Hayden Christensen’s Anakin in the show,with McGregor saying recently: “I think it’s no secret that Hayden Christensen comes back and we got to play scenes together again as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker and it was just fantastic to work with him again,”  we’re also hearing that we’ll see a very angry, full-powered Vader in the show similar to how he appeared at the end of Rogue One… that, as I’m sure you’d imagine, has us very, very excited.

Are you looking forward to the Obi-Wan series? Let me know in all the usual ways, gang…

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….