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Yoda very nearly had a role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

February 9th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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One of the most enjoyable aspects of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was that it managed to blend exciting new characters with nostalgic heroes of the original trilogy. The likes of Han Solo and Leia seamlessly interacted with our new heroes in Finn, Rey and Poe Dameron, but there was very nearly another iconic character in the film.

ET (via Squareeyed) are reporting that The Force Awakens originally intended to give iconic Jedi Master Yoda (Frank Oz) a cameo. Editor Maryann Brandon revealed that the filmmakers originally wanted to give Yoda some additional screen time – but that idea was quickly shelved. She said:

“There was one point where we were actually thinking of having Yoda in the film, and then we decided not to… Frank Oz came in for a day and did a whole bunch of Yoda and he was over the moon to do it — and we were tickled pink!”

While it would have been awesome to see Yoda on the big screen again, it’s probably best that he wasn’t included. However, it does tease the possibility of Yoda showing up in either Episode VIII or IX.

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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.