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Liam Neeson Says The Magic Of Star Wars Has Been "Taken Away" Due To So Many Spin-Offs

"It's diluting it to me."


Actor Liam Neeson has said he believes the number of Star Wars spin-offs is "diluting" the appeal of the wider franchise. Appearing on What Happens Live recently, Neeson--who played Qui-Gon Jinn in the Star Wars prequels, said he has no desire to play Qui-Gon again. This story contains some spoilers for Star Wars and the character Qui-Gon.

Asked if he was interested in reprising his Star War character, Neeson said, "No, I'm not."

He added: "There's so many spin-offs of Star Wars. It's diluting it to me, and it's taken away the mystery and the magic in a weird way."

Neeson played Qui-Gon again in the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi as part of a brief cameo. He's better known for portraying the character in The Phantom Menace, though Qui-Gon's time in the Star Wars film universe didn't last long, as he was killed by Darth Maul. In 2022, Neeson told ComicBook that would come back to play Qui-Gon again, but only if it was a new film, not a TV series. In reality, Neeson came back to play Qui-Gon in a TV series, not a movie.

The main Star Wars film series got two recent spin-offs, Rogue One and Solo. For TV, there have been a bunch of shows in the past few years, including The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Andor. There are more to come as well, including The Mandalorian Season 3 in March, Andor Season 2 in 2024, and all-new series Ashoka and The Acolyte.

It's not just the Star Wars series that some believe is getting overwhelmed with new releases. Fans have commented that there are too many Marvel TV shows to keep up with. In response to this, Marvel's Kevin Feige said Marvel TV shows will slow down and spread out.

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