Frank Oz to Reprise Yoda on STAR WARS REBELS
Star Wars Rebels is only halfway through its first season and has already had Star Wars film alums James Earl Jones (Darth Vader) and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) reprise their roles on the show. Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) is also planned for a yet to be revealed episode.
We can now add Frank Oz (Yoda) to the list of movie cast members who have returned to Star Wars via their voice. Rebels co-creator Dave Filoni has said that Yoda will not appear in the flesh, which would obviously confuse younger viewers or disrupt continuity.
While talking to TV Guide, Filoni had this to add:
“What’s great about Frank, by keeping the voice very present and active, you do feel that it’s a watchfulness and that he’s speaking to you from afar. And I didn’t want anyone to think that he had left Dagobah [the planet where Yoda first trains Luke Skywalker]. It was on the outer rim of what we do, but I think we were able to pull it off.”
There are only couple ways that I think this would work. A flash-back with a young Kanan Jarrus at the Jedi Temple, a recorded message, or force vision. The show has been really excellent and is built around great characters. I can't wait to see how this show will develop over the next year.
Star Wars Rebels returns January 5th, 2015 9/8c on Disney XD.