'I know Yoda very deeply,' says actor
Actor Frank Oz – the voice behind the ever-popular Star Wars character Yoda – has admitted he is eager to star in a spin-off film.
It was reported earlier this week that Disney have several stand-alone Star Wars films in the pipeline as well as working on Star Wars: Episode VII and, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Oz said he would be keen to feature in his own adventure as the Jedi master.
Speaking about his character, he said:
He’s in my heart. I know Yoda very deeply.
Oz also said that his character was likely to feature in future Star Wars films as a CGI creation rather than the puppet form that was used in the original trilogy of films. “I think it depends on the story, but I think at this point you can’t go back to the puppet,” he said. “The reason George [Lucas] did the CGI, which I supported, was that he wanted to tell a story that would have been hampered by the physical limitations of the puppet.”
Disney’s current plans for spin-off films include vehicles for Han Solo and Boba Fett. Han Solo was a bounty hunter with a conscience who befriended Luke Skywalker and eventually joined the resistance and his spin off will apparently focus “on the wisecracking smuggler’s origin story”, while Boba Fett’s is described as a “bounty hunter adventure”.
Reports have suggested that Solo’s film would be set in the time period between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope, while the Boba Fett film would take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. This would leave plenty of opportunities to involve characters that would not have been killed yet such as Darth Vadar and Jabba The Hutt.
Last year Disney announced plans to buy Lucasfilm and make another Star Wars trilogy, starting with Star Wars: Episode VII and releasing Episode VIII and Episode IX two to three years apart. Recently Star Trek director J.J. Abrams was confirmed as director for Episode VII, which is expected to hit UK cinemas in 2015.