While Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens featured the return of many original and beloved characters from the old films, there were some noticeable omissions as well. One of them has already been rumored to be returning in director Rian Johnon’s highly-anticipated follow up, the currently untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII, and a new rumor suggests that the film could feature the return of yet another another beloved character to the franchise as well.
Before I get into it though, I’m gonna go ahead and issue a SPOILER WARNING for those of you out there trying to know as little as possible about the film before its December 2017 release, in case this rumor turns out to be true. So if you want to avoid any possible spoilers for the film, I suggest you turn away now.
According to a new report from Making Star Wars, the film could feature the return of none other than Yoda to the franchise. While nothing substantial was reported about what the character’s role in the film could be, actor Frank Oz, who brought both Yoda’s voice and the original puppet to life in the Original Trilogy, is reportedly working at Pinewood Studios right now, where production on Episode VIII is currently taking place. In case you were wondering as well, the report goes on to confirm that Oz has traveled there for work reasons, and not to just stop by and say hi to Kathleen Kennedy and co.
Now, make sure to take this news with a grain of salt for the time being, and treat it only as the rumor it is. However, Yoda was featured briefly in The Force Awakens, as his voice was heard during Rey’s Force Vision about halfway through the film, and after rumors that the new film could feature the return of some Force Ghosts to the franchise, Yoda would be one of the first ones to appear, fans would think.
As Rey begins her Force training moving forwards with Luke now, it only makes sense that she or he might come back into contact with some of the old Force spirits that fans are familiar with though, and even Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi has been rumored to have a possible role in the film as well.
If I was a betting man, I’d say that Lucasfilm is going to keep these kinds of details secret for as long as they can, so it’s possible we might not get confirmation on Yoda’s role in the film (if he has one), until we’re actually sitting in the movie theatres late next year. Until then though, with both himself and Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian rumored to be making appearances in the film, it’s beginning to sound more and more like Episode VIII could have more connections to the Original Trilogy than we had already thought.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to hit theatres on December 15th, 2017.
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