Star Wars Rebels casts Yoda, but continuity is safe

Frank Oz is returning to voice Yoda in Star Wars Rebels, but that doesn’t mean he leaves exile…

Yoda as he appeared on Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Yoda as he appeared on Star Wars: The Clone Wars

According to TV Guide, original Yoda voice actor and puppeteer Frank Oz has joined the cast of Star Wars Rebels Season 1 to voice his swamp-dwelling mystic.

Rebels co-creator and executive producer Dave Filoni has explained that Yoda won’t be breaking with the established continuity by leaving his exile, but may be communicating with Kanan Jarrus through the Force in some sort of dream sequence or Use The Force, Luke-type ghostly whispering.

Frank Oz with Mark Hamill on the set of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Frank Oz with Mark Hamill on the set of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

“What’s great about Frank,” explained Filoni, “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.”

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