Most beloved character by Star Wars fans Frank Oz, Who is the voice of wizened Jedi master Yoda in five of the six films, TV Guide reports that “Star Wars Rebels” is going back to the source by having Oz return in upcoming episode “Path of the Jedi.”
The centuries-old icon, still in exile on Dagobah, will offer advice to Jedi knight Kanan and his new padawan learner Ezra on the remote planet of Lothal in the form of a disembodied voice.
“I felt personally to keep Yoda as this disembodied thing it would confuse the audience less,” says executive producer Dave Filoni, who also directed the installment. “I didn’t want you to think Yoda could be teleporting from planet to planet. 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. It was on the outer rim of what we do, but I think we were able to pull it off.”
There is no confirmation that Yoda will return as a force ghost for J.J. Abrams’ forthcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“Path of the Jedi” will air Monday, January 5 at 9/8 CT on Disney XD, and will be available on the Watch Disney XD app beginning Monday, December 29.