(Several months ago now) Making Star Wars reported that Frank Oz – the voice and puppeteer for Yoda – was on the set of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII which was filming at Pinewood Studios – at the time.
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Oz did voice over work, but he wasn’t (actually) needed on set. Yoda was featured in Rey’s powerful vision when she picked up Luke’s lightsaber, fans assumed we’d be seeing Yoda in the follow-up movie.
Could Yoda be assisting Luke in training Rey in the way of The Force as a little blue ghost? Another element to the rumour has come to light by way of Reddit user Skywalkergal who posed an alleged conversation during Star Wars Celebration Europe – relating excerpt can be read below.
“One of the many stalls featured at the convention was Saving Yoda, ran by one of the original team operating Yoda in ESB. While waiting to have my photo taken with the Yoda puppet, the dude running it was talking to another guy. The random guy asked which Yoda puppet was currently on display. In response, we were all told that the one on display was puppet 2 (I think, I can’t quite remember exactly). He looked at both of us, and said that members of the original Yoda team have been called in to work on episode 8, using the Yoda 8 puppet, as they’d all recently been talking about it. He’d have no reason to lie.”
Absolutely right Skywalkergal, he would have no reason to lie – but are you telling the truth? Yoda has not been confirmed for Star Wars: Episode VIII – definitely won’t appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.