While the shit shower of specious hate and disgust for the ‘Star Wars’ prequels remains ever vigilant, fans have been a little more forgiving with the animated ‘Clone Wars’ series. It’s a little kiddish and rather dull, but the animation, action and central story have made it an absolute watch. With a few episode that were far better than any of the prequels.

Now, for fans of this marvelous series and those that pay attention to Star Wars canon we have some rather interesting news. Apparently Liam Neeson will reprise his role of Qui-Gon Jin, the mentor of Obi-Wan Kenobi who died at the hands of Darth Maul in ‘Episode I’.

Neeson will appear as a ghostly manifestation of the late Qui-Gon in a pair of Clone Wars episodes, on Jan. 28 and Feb. 11, for a three-part arc focusing on Anakin Skywalker’s destiny as the one who would bring balance to the Force.

Said Neeson:

“These characters resonate…even after all these years. 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.”

Hmm, this is mighty intriguing. ‘Clone Wars’ is official canon to the Star Wars universe. If we are being told that Qui-Gon gets all talky with Obi-Wan than why at the end of ‘Revenge of the Sith’ (‘Clone Wars’ takes place in between ‘Attack of the Clones and ROTS) does Obi wan seem so surprised when Yoda tells him he will be able to communicate with a dead guy jedi? Way to go to them for continuing to ruin the continuity….unless this is some sort of flash forward. Then I’ll hold my nerd rage and shut the hell up.

Regardless, Neeson’s role of Qui-Gon was one of the few redeeming qualities of Episode I. It will be nice to see him back. Don’t you agree?

EW‘s also got a clip of Qui-Gon appearing to his former Padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, in what looks like a Force-crystal playground.

(Via EW)

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