Look, we’re not going to lie to you: we have no idea if Yoda will be in Star Wars: The Last Jedi or not, but recent comments from Frank Oz, aka the voice of Yoda, definitely have us buzzing over the possibility.
Here’s what Oz had to say when asked at SXSW recently about Yoda being in Star Wars: The Last Jedi:
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.
Of course, Oz wouldn’t be able to answer anything in the affirmative at this point given that Disney has made no official announcement pertaining to Yoda’s presence in the movie, but the fact that he doesn’t deny it is enough to give one pause. Ever since he was introduced in puppet form back in the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda has been an important presence in the Star Wars universe, and was given a much more prominent role in the prequel trilogy.
The character’s passing in Return of the Jedi rules out a physical appearance, but Yoda could still appear as a Force Ghost. After all, we saw firsthand at the end of that aforementioned film that Luke Skywalker can commune with Yoda as a Force Ghost and given The Last Jedi’s increased focus on Luke following his brief appearance at the end of The Force Awakens, it stands to reason that we could see a scene between the two characters.
So right now, all we have to go on is Frank Oz’s veiled comments but one thing’s for sure: if Yoda does show up in The Last Jedi, it better be in puppet form: