Yoda Won’t Be In THE LAST JEDI - But His Ghost Might Be

In which Frank Oz pleads the 5th and everyone online goes apeshit.

Look, we could pad this out and try to fool you into thinking this is a news item of some substance, but let’s stop lying to each other. While promoting the film Muppet Guys Talking at SXSW, director and voice of Yoda Frank Oz was asked about Yoda being in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and he said this:

I feel like I’m a prisoner at war here, and I can only give you my name, rank and serial number. To be true to the people who asked me, and they are kind of my family, I have to say I’ve been asked not to talk about it. I love Yoda. I would be happy to talk to you about it at the time they let me.

Fans of filmed speculative fiction will recall that Jedi Master Yoda was first brought to astonishing life via an incredibly expressive and lifelike foam rubber puppet in the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back, but passed away of natural causes in 1983’s Return of the Jedi. He next appeared in the prequels, first as a shitty, unfriendly-looking puppet in 1999’s The Phantom Menace, and later via soulless cgi in both 2002’s Attack of the Clones and 2005’s Revenge of The Sith. The smart money is on Yoda’s Force Ghost™ turning up in some capacity in The Last Jedi, which could be cool if done properly. 

Despite Oz’s curious non-denial, there is absolutely no confirmation from Lucasfilm or Noah Segan that Yoda will appear in The Last Jedi or, if he does, whether the production will get their puppet shit together for the first time since 1980 and deliver an appropriately wizened and adorable Yoda, or if they will resort to the fugly, unlovable cgi model that moved through the prequels like a possessed pile of sick.

The correct choice is clear.