Frank Oz Won’t Say Yoda ISN’T in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, So …
Because if Disney strikes you down, you stay down.
No matter who actually are the last Jedi in The Last Jedi, we all know that previous Jedi have continued on in the story after their death in Force ghost form—even Hayden Christensen. Now that Luke Skywalker is back, it stands to reason that his friendly meddling ghost mentors and their unique points of view will be back, and Frank Oz, the voice of Yoda, is acting predictably cagey about it.
Oz is a well-known puppeteer, director, and voice actor, and Variety recently got to sit down and discuss his work with Jim Henson’s Muppets. With Lucasfilm resurrecting all kinds of Star Wars characters—including an entire actual human being, Peter Cushing, in Rogue One for better or worse—they clearly had to ask him whether Yoda would be coming back as well. His answer is neither confirmation nor denial, and you know what that means:
I feel like I’m a prisoner at war here, and I can only give you my name, rank and serial number. To be true to the people who asked me, and they are kind of my family, I have to say I’ve been asked not to talk about it. I love Yoda. I would be happy to talk to you about it at the time they let me.
It certainly sounds like Yoda will be back, since there’d be no need for such an evasive answer otherwise—unless that’s what Disney wants us to think! (Kidding. I think.) Really, it’d probably be more surprising if Yoda didn’t show up at least somewhere within the next two movies, and Variety only asked about the “new Star Wars,” so it’s possible Oz’s upcoming role in the franchise is still a ways away in Episode IX.
Do you think Yoda, Obi Wan, and Anakin just hang out with Luke on the regular to keep him company on that island? Have Luke and his dad talked things through after that time they tried to kill each other? Do Obi Wan and Anakin bicker about who has the high ground while Yoda rolls his eyes? These are the questions we need answered!
(via GeekTyrant, image via Disney/Lucasfilm)
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