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The Beloved Jedi Master Fans Hope To See In Obi-Wan Kenobi On Disney+

"The Mandalorian" and "The Book of Boba Fett" have done an admirable job at bringing the "Star Wars" universe on small screen. Soon, however, the Disney+ live action "Star Wars" shows are moving away from Mandalore-themed heroes and into the strange and sand-filled life of one of the most prominent characters in the entire franchise. "Obi-Wan Kenobi" looks into the titular character's (once again played by Ewan McGregor) life in the years between the prequel trilogy and "Episode IV – A New Hope." 

As always, it's not entirely clear what, exactly, the series will be about, but the first trailer of the show reveals that "Ben" Kenobi definitely won't just stare at sand until Luke Skywalker becomes old enough to be played by a CGI Mark Hamill. Instead, he'll be interacting with just about everyone, from the creepy imperial Inquisitors to Owen and Beru Lars (Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse), and even Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) himself. If that doesn't make it clear that the show intends to bring plenty of lightsaber for everyone, fans are wishing for the addition of one very particular Jedi master in the mix.

Fans want to see Qui-Gon Jinn in the show

Who else? Because "Obi-Wan Kenobi" is already bringing back Obi-Wan and his former padawan, fans on Reddit are clamoring for the return of Liam Neeson's Qui-Gon Jinn, who trained Obi-Wan. Per Inverse, this rumor has been making much larger rounds, too, and since it makes perfect narrative sense for Obi-Wan's beloved master to make some sort of appearance, the rumor mill is a-spinning. 

While nothing's obviously certain until the show actually drops and Qui-Gon (hopefully) appears, the franchise has left plenty of doors open for his potential grand return. Arguably the most obvious one people have come up with so far is every Jedi's favorite post-mortem activity of manifesting as a Force ghost. This is something Qui-Gon has done in the past, and it's not outside the realm of possibility that he might want to keep an eye on his former student during his wilderness years. Another option that's been floated would be the flashback route, which saw some pretty heavy use in "The Book of Boba Fett," and could possibly work here, as well. 

As for whether Liam Neeson would be willing to return to the role, Redditor u/p4ul1013 pointed out that the actor has a history of being unable to resist a cool Qui-Gon cameo. "Liam Neeson came back for a Clone Wars cameo, so I wouldn't be surprised if he makes an appearance as a force ghost," they wrote.

"Obi-Wan Kenobi" will premiere on May 25 on Disney+, with or without Qui-Gon Jinn.