Actor and puppeteer Frank Oz, best known for his portrayal of Yoda in the Star Wars movies, can’t say if his character is in The Last Jedi or not.
The big question of whether Yoda will appear in Star Wars: The Last Jedi or not is coming to a head.
In an interview with Variety, the original puppeteer and voice of Yoda, Frank Oz said he had been asked not to talk about the Jedi Master’s role in the upcoming Star Wars film.
Read Oz’s full answer to the Yoda question below.
"There are reports that you might reprise Yoda in the new “Star Wars.”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."
Oz being asked not to say anything about Yoda in The Last Jedi isn’t an automatic confirmation that he is, in fact, in it. But it is curious that Lucasfilm or someone associated with it asked for Oz’s silence on the subject. Either Lucasfilm is trying to keep fans in the dark so they will be completely surprised whether Yoda appears or not, or they truly have something to hide.
Image Credit: Lucasfilm
Yoda has already made a reprisal in the new Star Wars movies. His voice was one of the many Rey heard in her vision in The Force Awakens. With the Jedi Order destroyed once more, though, surely Luke Skywalker and Rey both could use a little ancient wisdom going forward. As an added bonus, bringing Yoda back as a Force ghost in Episode VIII or IX allows Lucasfilm to explore Force lore more deeply.
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We will find out whether Oz’s secrecy is founded on anything important when we see Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters. The film premieres on December 15, 2017.