Editors Reveal a Yoda Cameo Was Cut from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 - 4:44PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 - 4:44PM
Editors Reveal a Yoda Cameo Was Cut from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

"You must unlearn what you have learned"

- Yoda (Return of the Jedi)

Of the many characters created within the Star Wars universe, few are as beloved as the diminutive Jedi Master known simply as Yoda. Appearing in both of George Lucas's movie trilogies as well as the Clone Wars, and Rebels TV shows, Yoda's nuggets of sage advice and mastery of the force helped him to work his way into the hearts of Star Wars fans everywhere. However, following his death during Return of the Jedi, many of us knew it would be hard to work Yoda into the new era of Star Wars movies, but little did we know that JJ Abrams and his team had managed to find a way to give him a cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.....until they opted to cut it, that is.

Last night, ET spoke to Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey. the two people behind the editing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, who revealed that not only was a Yoda cameo on the cards, but also that Frank Oz, the actor and voice behind the character, spent time on the set shooting it.

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"There was one point where we were actually thinking of having Yoda in the film, and then we decided not to," Brandon said. "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!"
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Any such Yoda cameo would almost certainly have been some form of flashback, which means it's quite likely that the scene depicting Rey's vision upon touching Luke's lightsaber was originally planned to be much bigger, with new dialogue and potentially new scenes being shot.

As nice as it would have been to see Yoda return to the big screen, The Force Awakens was already fairly stuffed with storylines, and an expanded flashback scene may have served to clutter the flow of the film. That being said, perhaps a Yoda appearance could've helped to clear up the somewhat foggy logic behind some of The Force Awakens' key scenes?

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