When Star Wars Rebels kicked off in October with "Spark of Rebellion", the TV movie re-aired on ABC with a Darth Vader scene that wasn't included in the original Disney Channel broadcast. The series, which is set between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, is now bringing back yet another Star Wars icon, with the voice of Yoda to appear in an upcoming episode. While fans will only get to hear Yoda's disembodied voice in the episode, Frank Oz, who portrayed Yoda in five of the six previous Star Wars movies, returns to reprise this classic role. Here's what executive producer Dave Filoni had to say about bringing Frank Oz back as Yoda.
"I felt personally to keep Yoda as this disembodied thing it would confuse the audience less. I didn't want you to think Yoda could be teleporting from planet to planet. What's great about Frank, by keeping the voice very present and active, you do feel that it's a watchfulness and that he's speaking to you from afar. And I didn't want anyone to think that he had left Dagobah [the planet where Yoda first trains Luke Skywalker]. It was on the outer rim of what we do, but I think we were able to pull it off."
The episode, entitled "Path of the Jedi", which Dave Filoni is also directing, will feature Yoda offering some words of wisdom to Jedi Knight Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and his new Padawan learner Ezra (Taylor Gray) on the remote planet of Lothal. "Path of the Jedi" is slated to air Monday, January 5 at 9 PM ET on Disney XD, and it will be available to Watch Disney XD users starting Monday, December 29. Are you excited that Yoda will return for Star Wars Rebels? Chime in with your thoughts below.