It sounds like Star Wars: Episode VIII could be gearing up for the return of the greatest Jedi of all time. And as Star Wars fans know, big things come in small packages.
According to Indie Revolver, veteran performer and puppeteer Frank Oz has been called in to record audio by director Rian Johnson for the currently in-production Star Wars: Episode VIII, giving us a new hope that the Jedi Master will make a proper appearance in the film.
The possibility follows the rumor that film sets for Ahch-To — the planet where Rey finds Luke Skywalker at the close of The Force Awakens — have been constructed to accommodate a puppet. Moreover, Indie Revolver reports that a new Yoda puppet was built for The Force Awakens in case filmmakers decided to use the character on screen.
Assuming the rumor is true, this wouldn't be the first time Oz was called back to perform as the iconic alien. The actor recorded dialogue as Yoda for Rey's dream sequence in The Force Awakens, though director J.J. Abrams ultimately used archived recordings of the character for that scene.
So far, the Star Wars sequel trilogy hasn't shied away from using characters from the original trilogy. Returning favorites like Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker all played pivotal roles in Episode VII, with plenty more familiar faces popping up in the movie. Adding Yoda to the mix could lend a sense of gravitas to Episode VIII while pleasing fans with the big-screen return of the iconic character.
Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters December 15, 2017.
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