It looks like the Ewoks are making a return in The Rise of Skywalker. It had been rumored for a few months, but there seems to be official confirmation now. In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday and the upcoming movie's release, Lucasfilm and Disney offered a new behind-the-scenes featurette, which begins with rehearsal footage from A New Hope as Harrison Ford struggles to remember his dialogue. From there, we are treated to a look at the past, present, and future of the Star Wars franchise, including a look at one pretty famous character from Return of the Jedi.
Warwick Davis can be spotted in The Rise of Skywalker featurette back in the Return of the Jedi days and then in present-day as he's in the iconic Wicket Widget Warrick costume, reaching for the mask. The Ewoks have been rumored ever since we saw the wreckage of the Death Star 2, and now it looks like we will see Wicket the Ewok, along with at least one more of the furry creatures from the forest moon of Endor.
Warwick Davis was recently asked whether or not he had a part in The Rise of Skywalker. The actor has been a part of nearly all of the big screen projects since Return of the Jedi and would not reveal if he was in the movie, though he played coy when asked. While showing the Ewoks again might be something that a lot of Star Wars fans don't really want to see, there are more than a few that will be happy to know they're still alive after all of this time. Plus, they may only have a small part.
As for how Wicket and the rest of the Ewoks are back, that is another question. When the first footage of The Rise of Skywalker dropped, we saw wreckage from the Death Star 2 and many assumed it was located on the forest moon of Endor. However, that is not the case. We now know that the wreckage is actually on the ocean moon Kef Bir. Maybe the Ewoks will see the Millennium Falcon fly over their moon on the way to Kef Bir and that'll be it. For now, we'll just have to wait and see.
Warwick Davis starred as Wicket in Return of the Jedi and then again in the made-for-TV movies Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. The TV movies are not currently on Disney+, but they should be. It is unclear if Disney will be adding them at some point, though they should already be on there for Star Wars fans, along with the Star Wars Holiday Special. The holiday special will never happen, at least while George Lucas is still alive. You can check out The Rise of Skywalker featurette above, thanks to the Star Wars YouTube channel.