Iconic ‘Star Wars’ character Yoda almost appeared in ‘The Force Awakens’

The character's voice can be heard in the film, but Yoda could have made a full-scale cameo

Iconic Star Wars character Yoda nearly appeared in The Force Awakens, one of the film’s editors have revealed.

Archive audio of Yoda’s voice can be heard in the film, in the premonition experienced by Daisy Ridley’s character Rey, but at one point a full-scale Yoda cameo was mooted. Frank Oz, the puppeteer who brings Yoda to life and provides the character’s voice, was even brought in to reprise his much-loved role.

“There was one point where we were actually thinking of having Yoda in the film, and then we decided not to,” editor Maryann Brandon told Entertainment Tonight. “Frank Oz came in for a day and did a whole bunch of Yoda and he was over the moon to do it – and we were tickled pink!”

Meanwhile, both Daisy Ridley and director Rian Johnson have hinted in Instagram posts that the next Star Wars film, Episode VIII, is due to start shooting shortly.

Gwendoline Christie has confirmed that she will be returning as Captain Phasma in the sequel, which is scheduled to open in cinemas on December 15, 2017, having been pushed back from its original July 2017 release date. The film’s full title and story lines have yet to be revealed.

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