Star Wars: Episode VIII may be more than a year away, but the film is currently in post-production. Therefore, we will begin to hear more information about the upcoming installment in the Star Wars saga, and today a major actor has confirmed that he has a part in the upcoming sequel.
During a recent interview on Australian television, Warwick Davis, who played many different roles in Star Wars but is most known for playing Wicket the Ewok, was asked whether or not he will have a role in the upcoming movie Star Wars: Episode VIII. The actor responded:
“I do, yes. That’s all I can say.”
Warwick Davis has managed to cameo in both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In the biggest film of 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Davis played the alien Wollivan in Maz Kanata’s cantina. As for Rogue One, the video below, you can spot Warwick on the set of the movie.
You can spot him around the 30 second mark and it is hard to tell whether he is playing a character with a helmet on such as a trooper or if he will be a CGI-alien. It is intriguing though that Warwick is not revealing who he is playing in his fifth role in a Star Wars movie. It seems to be he is appearing in every Star Wars movie starting with The Force Awakens — is this a coincidence?
Is Warwick Davis Becoming A King of Cameos?
It cannot possibly be a coincidence that Warwick Davis has appeared in all three of the latest Star Wars movies. Perhaps this could begin a trend where Warwick plays a different character in every Star Wars film from here on out. Could he even become as prominent of a cameo figure as Stan Lee in the Marvel movies? Stan Lee, who is the former president of Marvel Comics, has appeared in nearly 30 cameos throughout various Marvel films, playing a small yet different character in each one.
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Whether Warwick could play another trooper or alien is really a mystery as he could cameo as almost anything. For example, Warwick could play an alien on Ahch-To, the planet where Luke Skywalker is currently hiding out on in the new movies. Many people on the internet are suggesting that he could return to playing our favorite Ewok, Wicket.
However, if the movies were going to return to Endor and incorporate the Ewoks into the new storyline, I would estimate that it would be in Episode IX due to the many parallels these new sequel movies have with the Original Trilogy. Even then, seeing the Ewoks again is highly unlikely.
Why Is Warwick's Appearance Important to the Lucasfilm's Current Image?
Why is Warwick Davis potentially appearing in every Star Wars movie important besides the fact that it is a cool easter egg? It is important for the same reason why Stan Lee's appearance is important to Marvel Studio's image. Stan Lee represents the golden age of Marvel as he was around during the '60's and '70's where he created fan-favorite characters and properties such as Spider-Man, the Hulk, and the Fantastic Four. I know what your saying: "But Antonio, Warwick Davis didn't do anything besides play a furry little Ewok!" Well, that's not the point.
The point is that Stan Lee represents the older days of Marvel where the company was going through a golden age. When viewers see Stan Lee appear in the new Marvel movies, it shows that Lee has an overall presence at Marvel after all these years and represents that even though things are moving forward, they still respect the past. It is absolutely outstanding that Stan Lee has become such a pop-culture figure and while Warwick Davis probably won't reach that level, his presence will certainly become important.
Whether you want it or not, all the old cast of Star Wars such as Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and so on will eventually no longer be a part of the Star Wars movies. Slowly but surely this will happen as the story must continue with the new characters we have met in The Force Awakens.
When this happens (which will be in many years where more than a dozen Star Wars films have been released into theaters), who will be the older and iconic figures from the older movies to represent the original Star Wars movies? This could certainly be Warwick Davis, who is 46-years old and has many good years left in him to become a symbolic figure for the Original Trilogy.
Could Warwick Davis become a more prominent figure in the Star Wars community in years to come?
What do you guys think? Is Warwick Davis' multiple cameos a coincidence or is my crazy mind up to something? Tell me below!