Frank Oz reminisces on his time on the set of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the future of Yoda moving forward within a galaxy far, far away.
Young Skywalker. Missed you, have I. And, missed you, Master Yoda, we did. When our little green friend graced the screen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I nearly dropped my lightsaber in the theatre. Yes, I had my lightsaber with me, but I digress.
Master Yoda is the ultimate bad ass, proving that point during his short scene in The Last Jedi — schooling “Master” Luke Skywalker in the process. Come to find out, Frank Oz and his return as Yoda was the most significant kept secret of the entire filming process. Our friends at IGN.com recently caught up with Oz, providing us with the inside scoop.
"“I was told that that was going to be the surprise of the movie, so when I went to Pinewood I had to be a secret there.”"
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The trickster, Hamill (himself) teased fans before the release, nearly giving the secret away at the World Premiere. It’s also no secret that rumblings of a Yoda origins film are buzzing, a film that would be a fine addition to the Star Wars collection. Oz pleads ignorance on Lucasfilm’s plans but discusses his thoughts on the possible movie.
"It won’t be a puppet. Believe me. That’s way too difficult for me. I rehearse a long time just to do one line of dialogue as a puppeteer. It would have to be CGI."
Even though the puppet variation is vintage Yoda and my favorite, I’m down for the return of the CGI version. In fact, the prequel Yoda was done flawlessly and seeing a younger version of the Jedi Master would be loads of fun.
For years, even the homeworld of Yoda’s been kept under wraps, but I’m okay letting the secret out of the bag. More Star Wars and more Yoda is a positive thing. Plus, it may be a fun way to introduce other storylines from a galaxy far, far away; a period currently untapped within the Star Wars canon.
When Yoda is teaching Luke in The Last Jedi on failure, he’s no doubt talking from personal experience. Seeing Yoda fail as a young Jedi would add even more layers to an already complex galaxy.
The greatest teacher failure is.
Bring on some more Yoda!