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Is Yoda set for Star Wars: Episode VIII?

April 6th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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Following the enormous box office and critical success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s safe to say that expectations for Episode VIII are rather high.

Director Rian Johnson is already tasked with harnessing the return in earnest of one Jedi Master in Luke Skywalker, but it looks as though he may be joined by the Master who trained him for an almighty battle with Darth Vader; Yoda.

According to Making Star Wars (via Squareeyed)– a website that accurately reported a lot of information about The Force Awakens’ production period – Frank Oz is heading to Pinewood Studios where Episode VIII is currently filming.

Oz, as every Star Wars fan knows, was the puppeteer and voice for the iconic Jedi Master and and he would be a most exciting addition to the Star Wars 8 cast.

The last time we saw the Yoda, he was a blue Force ghost hanging out with Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, the last time we heard his voice was in The Force Awakens, during Rey’s dream sequence.

Now, it is possible that Oz has arrived at the set just to record some voice-work or he is being consulted on a different aspect of the film but Making Star Wars is going to suggest that he will appear as a Force Ghost, which also bolsters the possibility of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan returning.

In related news, director Rian Johnson has confirmed the return of a new and an old fan favourite with two new pictures shared on his Tumblr in the form of  cinematographer Steve Yedlin near the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon and Lupita Nyong’o performing as Maz Kanata.

You can see them both below:

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.