The next new episode of “Star Wars Rebels” titled “Path of the Jedi” just got a lot more exciting to see, as it has been announced over at TV Guide that Yoda will be making an appearance in that episode, and will be voice by none other than Frank Oz! Here are the details from Dave Filoni on how Yoda will be used in “Path of the Jedi” in the article from TV Guide:
Though Rebels takes place between the two Star Wars movie trilogies — a time when the few surviving Jedis are in hiding from the Empire — the 800-plus-year-old icon is drawn from hiding to offer counsel to fledgling Jedi knight Kanan and his new padawan, Ezra, on the remote planet of Lothal. The twist: He only “appears” as a disembodied voice.
But what a voice it is. Frank Oz, who famously starred as the Yoda (in puppet and computer-generated form) in five of the Star Wars films, returns to the franchise for this episode. “I felt personally to keep Yoda as this disembodied thing it would confuse the audience less,” says executive producer Dave Filoni, who also directed the installment. “I didn’t want you to think Yoda could be teleporting from planet to planet.”
It helped that Filoni was directing an actor so closely associated with one sci-fi’s most beloved characters. “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,” he says. “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.”
Star Wars fans will notice several homages to the lore, including The Empire Strikes Back and the final episodes of The Clone Wars. “This is show is meant to fit in with everything that’s going on: Clone Wars, features, novels,” Filoni says. “We do a lot of work to make sure there’s continuity between these things now.”
First we had James Earl Jones return as Darth Vader, it’s also looking very likely Billy Dee Williams will return in an upcoming episode, and now with Frank Oz, I’m just loving how this series is getting the original actors to play their iconic “Star Wars roles again! And while “Clone Wars” voice actor Tom Kane did an amazing job voicing Yoda for six seasons on that series, I just think it’s gonna be amazing to hear words of wisdom be spoken by Yoda with the voice of Frank Oz again. I really can’t wait to see this episode now!
“Star Wars Rebels” returns January 5th, with “Path of the Jedi”!