Warwick Davis has confirmed that he has joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode 8.
The film will be the second in the sequel trilogy, following last year’s The Force Awakens, and is set to be released on December 15, 2017. It has yet to receive an official title.
As reported by The Independent, Davis has confirmed that he will be appearing in the new film, but wouldn’t be drawn on the nature of his role.
“I do, yes,” he said when asked if he knew if he would be starring in the new film. “That’s all I can say.”
Quizzed on how he saw the new trilogy panning out, Davis compared Episode VIII with the 1980 Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back.
“I think [The Force Awakens] sets up the trilogy very well. Obviously, we’re moving into the territory of Episode VIII very soon as well, and much like Empire Strikes Back I’m sure it’s going to deliver some quite impactful story moments, and it’ll leave us with some cliffhangers as well which resolve in Episode IX.”
In The Force Awakens, Davis appeared as Wollivan, a tavern-dweller in Maz Kanata’s castle. He previously appeared in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi as Wicket W. Warrick, an Ewok who helps Princess Leia.