STAR WARS News: Blu-rays Get Release Date; Star Tours to Reopen; Liam Neeson Lends His Voice to STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS

     January 20, 2011

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Tonight we’re bringing you three different bits of Star Wars news in one conveniently tidy package.  First up, we now know that the Star Wars Blu-ray collections (whose pre-orders we told you about a few weeks ago) will be released later this year on September 27th.  For those you of who held out on pre-ordering your copy until a firm release date was announced, you can finally push that excuse aside.  If you’re interested, you can pre-order Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray via this link to Amazon.  In case you only want to partake in either the Original Blu-ray Trilogy or the Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy, you can click here or here respectively.

Next, the Star Tours attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida will return from nine months of renovations on May 20th of this year.  Referred to as Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Disney Parks Blog confirms that the 3D attraction will feature “new droids, a new Starspeeder, and a new pilot” in the form of C-3PO.  With all of this in the bag, hit the jump to learn about Liam Neeson’s reprised role as Qui-Gon Jinn in Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

liam-neeson-star-wars-imageAccording to InsideTV, Liam Neeson will be reprising his Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace turn as Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn in two upcoming episodes of Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  Per the report, Neeson will be lending his pipes to the animated series for the January 28th and February 11th episodes during which he will “appear to Obi-Wan Kenobi in visions.”

In case you were wondering why a bonafide star such as Neeson might be interested in cameo appearances on The Clone Wars, the actor explains in the report that his connection with the Star Wars universe runs deeper than his portrayal of Qui-Gon Jinn, saying:

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.

In addition to Neeson, Star Wars: The Clone Wars has previously featured guest vocal work from names such as Seth Green, George Takei, Ron Perlman, and Jon Favreau.  The show airs on Friday nights on Cartoon Network at 8:30pm ET.

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