Yoda Almost Appeared On Screen In The Force Awakens


While his voice is briefly heard, Yoda in the CG flesh only almost made it into Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

CinemaBlend reports the Jedi Master almost appeared in The Force Awakens. But we know all of him that made it into the film was a brief line during Rey’s Force vision. So what happened?

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From the editor of The Force Awakens, Maryann Brandon:

"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!"

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Where they intended to place him, and in what form wasn’t shared. He could have been a part of Rey’s vision, or he could have come to her separate from that event in ghost form. But, as CinemaBlend Connor Schwerdtfeger points out, an outright appearance from the character would have seemed like unnecessary fan service in a film which was already largely a throwback to the original trilogy.

Still, the idea of bringing back Jedi Masters from the prequels and the original trilogy is tantalizing. I hope to see Anakin Skywalker in the future, as well as Obi Wan Kenobi. Those two, specifically, would fit well into the scope of Episodes VIII and IX, given their connection to one another and that the next generation of Star Wars heroes has at least one new member of the Skywalker clan (and hopefully a second, as well).

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Yoda, however, might best be left to his cameos in Star Wars Rebels and a distant voice giving advice through the Force.