Liam Neeson on the Possible Return of Qui-Gon in Episode 7+ Al Pacino Reveals Why He Turned Down Han Solo Role in ANH.


Both actors were doing the press rounds for their latest movies and the journalists didn’t miss the chance to ask them a few Star Wars related questions…


Not long time ago I heard some rumors that Disney are trying to get Liam Neeson back for a voice work in Episode VII. Now the actor himself reveals that he would gladly reprise his role as Qui-Gon Jinn if asked. Unfortunately no calls have been made.


From heyuguys:

The posthumous presence of Neeson’s Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn was felt in Attack of the Clones during Anakin’s massacre of the Sandpeople, and at the end of Revenge of the Sith Yoda told of Qui-Gon’s discovery of immortality. So, could we see Neeson returning as a Force Ghost alongside Yoda? Not in Episode VII according to the actor.


Next, Al Pacino is at the Toronto International Film Festival presenting his movies “Manglehorn” and “The Humbling.” During an interview with MTV the actor revealed why he turned down the role of Han Solo in A New Hope.


From MTV:

“It was at that time in my career where I was offered everything,” Pacino said. “I was in ‘The Godfather.’ They didn’t care if I was right or wrong for the role, if I could act or not act.”


Well, considering his performance in “The Godfather,” everyone probably had a sneaking suspicion he could act. So why did he turn down what would become one of the biggest movies ever?


“I remember not understanding it when I read it,” recalled Pacino, who then joked, “Another missed opportunity.”



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40 thoughts on “Liam Neeson on the Possible Return of Qui-Gon in Episode 7+ Al Pacino Reveals Why He Turned Down Han Solo Role in ANH.

  • September 8, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Sad but true, everyone is at the cantina…

    • September 8, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      Not exactly. It’s just been too many weeks with no Episode VII news. Believe me, if we get something spicy the place will cheer up immediately.

      • September 8, 2014 at 4:18 pm

        I hope so Viral Hide 😉

        • September 9, 2014 at 1:47 am

          There’s just got be something coming out soon! It’s like torture haha. I know this isn’t going to happen but it would be really cool to get a teaser this Xmas.

          • September 9, 2014 at 11:57 am

            everybody Went to the cantina for some galactic beer, exhausted after discussing star wars for the past eyar… 😀

            ps. if they had a teaser in theaters this christmas Before the hobbit, that would be soooo cool, but i am not sure i could concentrate on the story in hobbit when the Movie started efter the teaser 😀 😀 😀

  • September 8, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    By the way, Kasdan knows what he is doing. Of course Neeson will not receive a call. Qui-Gon was great but as the majority PT characters he doesn’t fit in this new movies.

    • September 8, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Why not. He is one of the last true jedi.
      He is also the first who learnd to become force ghost.

      He can be one of the Luke ( or to other new jedi characters ) mentors in new trilogy.

      Because Luke alone really does not know culture of jedi order.

      • September 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm

        since it was qui gonn who learned the ability to speak through the force & to appear as a force ghost (evn though we never saw hin as one) it would be very fitting if we get to se him in (maybe not in ep.7) but perhaps ep.8

        in the OT we only saw obi wan & yoda (for obvious reasons, since qui gonns character was not created) but he was the first one to learn the ability, which he passed on to obi wan & yoda, so i would be very happhy if I got to see him in one (or more) of the sequels 🙂

  • September 8, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Sometimes friend Pacino, you don’t have to understand, or try to understand, to see the light. Be water my friend.
    Sometimes appears in front of you in a form you don’t recognize, but you have to go for it.

    • September 9, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Yeah right, I’m sure Pacino’s banging his head against the wall for passing on the opportunity to portray Han. After all, it’s not like anyone remembers his turn as that mafia boss Michael Corleone from that other little trilogy called The Godfather.

  • September 8, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I always assumed that Neeson perhaps some kind of beef with Lucas, and that’s why we never got to see him appear as a Force ghost in II & III.

    I think it would be great to see him as a ghost in the ST.

    • September 12, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      NO Liam was in a motorcycle accident in 2000. he was to be a ghost in Ep 2.

  • September 8, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I would like Qui-Gon Jinn’s spirit to appear, maybe not in Ep. 7, but in Episode _Nine_ — when presumably the whole story of Anakin and his children will come to some kind of conclusion.

    Then maybe Jinn could appear and acknowledge that for good and evil, it was he who set everything in motion a lifetime ago, when he insisted that little Anakin was to be trained.

    That would provide nice “book ends” — Jinn was there at the beginning, and he appears again at the end.

    Also, if the actor is so happy to reprise the part, the incomplete scene intended for Revenge of the Sith should be finished and finaly included: Jinn speaks to Yoda and tells him about his discovery. (If there can be “special editions” of the original trilogy, the prequels can be upgraded as well!)

    It is INCREDIBLY sloppy story-telling to just have Yoda say something to the effect, “Oh, by the way, Qui-Gon Jinn is back and has discovered the path to immortality.” That sounds like the greatest discovery EVER, and yet it is casually thrown into the movie as some kind of afterthought — completely out of the blue.

    In fact, there should have been a dramatic scene in “Revenge” where Qui-Gon’s Force ghost appears to Yoda and/or Obi-Wan, shocking both of them, since no such thing had been achieved by a Jedi before. It would also be the ironic counterpart to Anakin’s quest: He is seeking the power to stop death on the dark side, but it can only be found on the light side.

    A lost opportunity, alas!

    • September 8, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Well…. in fact if you followed the Clone Wars series, the last 3 episodes of season 6 does go into this. Qui Gon appears to Yoda as a force ghost but his voice you can only hear. He guides Yoda on what to do to achieve this skill. It was a set of trials Yoda took which helped him to learn the skill. In those episodes Qui Gon tells Yoda that he can not show himself completely as he did not completely learn this skill before he was killed…

      • September 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm

        Thank God some one remeber that!!
        True, Qui-Gon doesn’t know how to use this skill.

    • September 8, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      It won’t end with IX.

      QUI-GON: I foresee that it shall continue indefinitely and even expand beyond the Skywalker and Solo families as always being front and center all the time. Anakin’s story is over. Let him remain dead.

  • September 8, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    In fact, there should have been a dramatic scene in “Revenge” where Qui-Gon’s Force ghost appears to Yoda and/or Obi-Wan, shocking both of them, since no such thing had been achieved by a Jedi before

    This is the the sort of thing that should have happened but didn’t which makes the PT absolute shite.

    • September 8, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Again, Qui Gon voice is heard by Yoda in the last 3 Episodes of Clone Wars. He sets Yoda on trials to achieve coming back as a force ghost. Qui Gon was learning this technique but did not complete his training to show himself and does not know how… But he was able to manifest himself to allow his voice to be heard.

    • September 8, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      There should have been a dramatic scene in the PT full stop.

      • September 9, 2014 at 7:10 am

        @Darth Obvious

        so the prequel trilogy is “complete shite” because Liam Neeson’s ugly face didn’t appear hovering in mid-air in some random scene? I feel sorry for you OT morons. I sometimes wonder what goes on in your heads.

        • September 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

          I just like to get you PT fan all riled up is all.

  • September 8, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I’m glad that Pacino turned down the role.

  • September 8, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Why would qui-gon show up. He’d just turn up as a ghost and everyone would be like .. “who the hell are you?”. I mean I can see Yoda coming back but that’s about it.

  • September 8, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    If Pacino had be in ANH he’d probably shot down the whole cantina. Without even any provocation

  • September 8, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I would love Qui-Gon Jinn back in new Star wars movies. He was great character.
    One of my favorite.

    • September 8, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      His stale boring cardboard-cutout personality had me gripped too. Truly compelling stuff.

    • September 9, 2014 at 12:35 am

      I like Qui-Gon Jinn. Though I don’t know what significance he would be to the ST.

  • September 8, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Liam was all right but no more ghosts please.

  • September 8, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    While I agree that he was certainly one of the diamonds in the rough of the PT, I’d personally prefer it if he weren’t a part of the ST. His place in the saga was to inspire Anakin to begin his journey in the force and get the kid off of Tatooine. Now that the character has been killed and his purpose in the story fulfilled, what place would he have in the sequels? Yoda was a much more universal character which makes his involvement in the new conflict much more plausible than Qui-Gon’s IMO.

    • September 9, 2014 at 7:12 am

      the same way han solo’s part in the saga was over? oops, wait, he and many of the OT gang is coming back… nuts.

      • September 9, 2014 at 6:25 pm

        I don’t recall Han ever dying on screen in the OT as Qui-Gon did in TPM. Also, Han had a part to play in all three OT films making him a core character in the saga unlike Qui-Gon. Comparing the two characters is pretty ridiculous in the first place. Your argument is invalid.

  • September 9, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    star wars would have been a VERY different Movie with Al Pacino as Han Solo, even though I like him it is very hard to even try to imagine him in the Movie,trying to here his voice instead of harrisons in Han Solo Classic quotes…

    Everything that happened in the making of the first movie was meant to be i Think, so many things could have gone wrong, but instead evreything worked out, though they struggled a lot. George had fate on his side 🙂

    Another bad choice for Han Solo would have been Kurt Russel, who where also in the talks for the movie

    • September 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      You know, now i’m thinking probably he is not as good as people say…

    • September 9, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      I would pick Bruce Willis for the part

      And when han saves Luke from DV in ANH he would scream

      Yippee ki-yay, motherfucker!

    • September 9, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      I agree. I think of all the names that were tossed around for casting Han Solo, Kurt Russell is the only one other than Ford that I can honestly see. I can picture him in the costume, the swagger, the lovable rogue. Russell would have been awesome.

      • September 9, 2014 at 7:19 pm

        Can you imagine how different the world would be with Pacino as Han Solo and Tom Selleck (the original choice) as Indiana Jones? Wow…mind blown…Chewie laughs at one of Leia’s snide remarks and Han turns and says, “Chewie, don’t ever take sides against the family again…you’ll disappoint me…”

  • September 9, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Star Wars Episode 7 will be called “A New Dawn “

  • September 10, 2014 at 2:26 am

    If Qui-Gon never appears physically in clone wars, what his that picture from at the top of the article? I have never seen Clone Wars btw, just the movies.

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