With post-production currently under way on Star Wars: Episode VIII, many fans are wondering when we'll see the first trailer arrive, as we inch closer and closer to the December 15, 2017 release date. We know that some footage has already screened for marketers. Now today, we have word that a beloved Star Wars icon will be returning in this highly-anticipated sequel, although nothing else is known about this new role. The icon in question is none other than Warwick Davis, best known for playing the beloved Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi.
Warwick Davis confirmed his involvement in Star Wars 8 in an interview with News.com.au, although he wouldn't say who he will be playing. Warwick Davis returned to the Star Wars universe in last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, portraying Wollivan, one of the patrons seen inside Maz Kanata's (Lupita Nyong'o) bar, when Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) arrive. It seems unlikely that he will be returning as the same character, given how secretive he was about the role.
The actor is also listed as returning in the first Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, so it's possible that he could just keep playing costumed characters in all of the upcoming movies. We reported last year that Disney plans on rolling out one new Star Wars movie a year, indefinitely, after this new trilogy and these spin-offs. It's possible that Warwick Davis could become a fixture in the Star Wars universe for many more years to come.
Last month, there was speculation that reshoots for Star Wars 8 may already be happening, since Carrie Fisher had to cut her New York Comic Con visit short due to "Star Wars production." Disney and LucasFilm have yet to confirm that reshoots are currently under way, but a stunt performer named Chloe Bruce, who worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and has also been working on Star Wars Episode VIII, revealed on social media that she was working in Belfast and London, locations that were both used on Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Disney and LucasFilm haven't issued an official plot synopsis for Star Wars: Episode VIII yet, but it has been rumored that Rey begins her Jedi training with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Disney has set a December 15, 2017 release date for Star Wars 8, which currently has that date all to itself. Hopefully we'll hear more about Warwick Davis' role in Star Wars 8 soon.