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Disney and Lucasfilm may not be ready to announce specific plans for their standalone Star Wars films, but puppeteer/director Frank Oz said that he would be interested in performing as Yoda for a potential film involving the character.
Earlier this week, the Internet exploded when rumors started that Yoda would be the first Star Wars character to get a standalone film.
Then, Disney confirmed that they are making Star Wars films outside the main Episodes and another rumor followed that, claiming that Han Solo and Boba Fett would be the first. All that excitement was sort of toned down when Deadline reported that the studio is still “kicking around ideas.”
However, The Los Angeles Times still couldn’t resist asking Oz about his feelings on doing Yoda again. Oz was the puppeteer behind Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and the first cut of The Phantom Menace. He later provided the voice for the character in the remaining prequels, when the puppet was replaced by a CGI character. (The CGI model later replaced the TPM puppet on Blu-ray.)
“He’s in my heart,” Oz told the Times. “I know Yoda very deeply.” He added that he would “absolutely” be interested in doing a Yoda film.
“I think it depends on the story, but I think at this point you can’t go back to the puppet,” Oz explained. “The reason George [Lucas] did the CGI, which I supported, was that he wanted to tell a story that would have been hampered by the physical limitations of the puppet.”
Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote The Empire Strikes Back, is one of the writers working on the standalone films, Disney confirmed.