The explosion of Star Wars media that has been mapping a galaxy far, far away since The Force Awakens came out in 2015 has seemed like a blessing to many fans eager for new stories. But not all think that the numerous additions are a good thing for the world of Star Wars — including Qui-Gon Jinn himself.

Liam Neeson expressed interest in reprising his role as the character from The Phantom Menace, preferring to do so for a movie. However, he nonetheless did return to the role for a few brief lines in both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Tales of the Jedi, and, before that, in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and for one brief line in The Rise of Skywalker.

Neeson fears for “the mystery and the magic” of Star Wars

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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last year, the actor said part of why he returned to the role was “to show [his] respect for George [Lucas] and that mythical world that he created.” In an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” Neeson reiterated his appreciation for the world of Star Wars while explaining why he’s not interested in doing a Qui-Gon Jinn spinoff show:

“There’s so many spinoffs of Star Wars. It’s diluting it to me, and it’s taken away the mystery and the magic in a weird way, you know? It was nice to do the little bit with [Obi-Wan actor] Ewan [McGregor] after 25 years, 24 years … and that was cool, I loved it. That’s it.”

There’s no indication of a Qui-Gon Jinn spinoff in the future — though the character’s unexplored history as Count Dooku’s apprentice and Obi-Wan’s master, and his status as the first one to foresee Anakin’s destiny, certainly seem to give him potential. But perhaps exploring that potential in a movie, Disney+ show, or other media would do precisely what Neeson foretells: take away the mystery, and the magic.

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