Since the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII takes place 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, it was believed by many that no characters from the prequel trilogy (Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith) would be showing up in this new adventure. Liam Neeson, who played Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, revealed in a new interview with Hey U Guys that he hasn't been asked to reprise his Jedi Master role, but he certainly would come back if they wanted him to return.
I haven't. (If asked) I most certainly would, absolutely. I certainly don't want anyone else playing Qui-Gon Jinn. I don't know what the current story is now. I think it's Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, their characters' generation, and I came way, way before that."
Our own Ryan J. Downey caught up with Liam Neeson at the A Walk Among the Tombstones junket, where the actor continued to talk more about his excitement for Star Wars: Episode VII and why he came back to do Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Of course, Qui-Gonn was killed at the end of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace by Darth Maul (Ray Park), but it's possible he could return as a Force Ghost. Liam Neeson returned to voice his iconic character in three episodes of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars as a Force Ghost, so it's completely possible that he could be brought back in this form, although it's unclear who he will interact with.
It's also possible that he could be asked to return for one of the three Star Wars Spin-Off Movie projects as well, but no details have been confirmed as to what time frame those movies will be set in.
Take a look at the video interview with Liam Neeson, then chime in with your thoughts about this new Star Wars sequel below. As well, you can watch a clip from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars that explains how Force Ghosts exist.