Star Wars: The Force Awakens went through quite a few rewrites and changes over the course of three years. And we've heard a lot about certain classic characters that almost made the cut. Jedi master Yoda may have gotten closest of all, but alas, most of his scenes were cut from the movie, except for a few quick snippets of dialogue. Yoda would have reappeared as a Force Ghost, just as he did at the end of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. But that idea was nixed early on in the process.
The Force Awakens editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey revealed to ET that the diminutive green warrior was being considered for the sequel. They even went so far as to have original Yoda puppeteer Frank Oz come in and participate. They don't reveal exactly what Frank Oz was doing on set. But they do say this.
"There was one point where we were actually thinking of having Yoda in the film, and then we decided not to. 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!"
In the movie, you can actually hear Frank Oz's Yoda voice in the scene at Maz Kanata's Castle. Rey discovers Luke Skywalker's old lightsaber. And when she touches it, she has a Force vision. This vision not only includes the voice of Frank Oz, but we also hear both Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness delivering lines as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
It's possible that Yoda will return in Star Wars: Episode VIII or Star Wars: Episode IX. And the Jedi Master has long been rumored to get his own spinoff movie. Up until now, we've never seen what a Force Ghost is capable of doing aside from arriving to give guidance. It's possible that director Colin Trevorrow will call upon Yoda's services in the grand climax of The Force Awakens trilogy. As of now, there is still the question of Rey's lineage. It's doubtful that she is related to Yoda, but many speculate that she is either Luke's daughter, a distant relative of Obi-Wan's, or perhaps Kylo Ren's sister. About how this will all play out, Colin Trevorrow had this to say.
"We're going to make sure that that answer is deeply and profoundly satisfying. Rey is a character that is important in this universe, not just in the context of The Force Awakens, but in the entire galaxy. She deserves it. We'll make sure that that answer is something that feels like it was something that happened a long time ago, far away, and we're just telling you what happened."
Colin Trevorrow has yet to come right out and state whether or not Yoda will be making an appearance in his sequel, the ninth live-action film in the franchise. What do you think? Do you want to see Yoda return as a Force Ghost?Or should the iconic Jedi master get his own spinoff?