Star Wars has at all times been a business model from the beginning, however you would actually begin to really feel that over the previous few years. Between spinoffs targeted 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 attainable. And the query isn’t actually if this’ll proceed, however what character will get the therapy subsequent.
Liam Neeson desires no a part of this, nevertheless. Whereas on What Occurs Reside, 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 loss of life served because the kickoff for a number of occasions throughout the prequel period. Neeson had no issues capturing these prospects 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 manner.”
Beforehand, Neeson got here again to play Qui-Gon a handful of occasions post-Phantom, together with transient 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 latest anthology sequence 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 ultimate run of episodes.
The actor isn’t solely unsuitable when he says that spinoffs have diluted a few of the enjoyable out of the bigger franchise. It’s an issue that each one sequence ultimately face once they resolve to broaden, and it’s most likely why Disney is beginning to present some restraint with regard to it and Marvel’s output.
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