Just when you thought the Star Wars universe couldn’t bring any more legacy characters back for another round, they’re doing it again. Lucasfilm officials were a part of Star Wars Celebration to announce Tales of the Jedi, the latest animated offering from the San Francisco-based studio. It’s in this series Neeson will return, voicing Qui-Gon Jinn, a role that first originated in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
The news was revealed during a panel dedicated entirely to the new series, featuring Star Wars magnate Dave Filoni discussing the series. According to reports, Neeson is set to voice Qui-Gon for a single episode in the anthology series, which tells stories from across generations of Jedi. Neeson’s son is also set to voice a younger version of Qui-Gon, as part of the series is set to center around Qui-Gon’s time as a padawan under Count Dooku, the Jedi would eventually sour and become a Sith.
Ahsoka Tano is also set to be a major feature of the series, which is not surprising, given her status as a fan-favourite character in the Star Wars universe. Some episodes will deal with Ahsoka’s mother and the first full fifteen-minute episode was even screened at the panel, though the rest of the world won’t get to see the final product until much later on.
The series is set to premiere sometime this fall, though no exact release date has been announced as of yet. The animated series joins a number of others in Star Wars’ growing repertoire of fan favourites, including The Clone Wars, Rebels, and The Bad Batch, which has a second season coming sometime soon. Animation has become a staple of Star Wars content since long before shows like The Mandalorian premiered and it looks like Disney is continuing to place its bets on the success of its animated stories.
Lots of other news has also come out of Star Wars Celebration, including first looks at both Ahsoka and the third season of The Mandalorian, as well as release dates and trailers for shows like Andor and other Lucasfilm projects like Willow.
Tales of the Jedi premieres on Disney+ this fall.