New, exciting details about Disney’s planned theme park, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, has us pondering potential spoilers for the upcoming movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Prominent YouTuber Mike Zeroh details in a recent video how Disney has built a replica of the Force tree (as seen in the teaser for The Last Jedi), where visitors will be able to walk inside and hear the voices of Force ghosts, specifically Yoda and Anakin Skywalker.
Why would Disney put the voice of the Skywalker patriarch inside this Force tree? While we have briefly heard Yoda’s voice in both the teaser trailer and during Rey’s Force vision in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we have yet to see or hear anything from Anakin. Is this the first big clue that prequels actor Hayden Christensen is involved in The Last Jedi? Will Anakin make his first appearance in the new Star Wars trilogy?
We took a look at a bunch of popular Star Wars characters that fans would like to see show up in The Last Jedi.
While most fans have a love-hate relationship with the prequels, thanks to their shoddy dialogue and often-confusing plot points, many have warmed up to the idea of Anakin Skywalker having some small part in the new trilogy. Christensen appeared at Star Wars Celebration in April, which was the first time for him since 2002. Considering that he has moved on from acting in recent years, the appearance for the 40th anniversary of Star Wars was interesting to say the least.
The main reason that people are hoping for a return from Anakin in The Last Jedi is that it makes sense. We saw at the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi that Anakin has the ability to become a Force ghost, so it’s not a stretch of the imagination that he might appear in that same fashion in The Last Jedi.
The movie is primarily set on Ahch-To, the home of the original Jedi temple. Could Luke Skywalker spend all this time on that island alone without communing with Anakin? Having a brief scene where Christensen appears to pass along some wisdom to Luke or Rey would be satisfying and genuine.
As far as Force ghosts go, Obi-Wan Kenobi ranks up there as someone that Luke would want to commune with on Ahch-To. Kenobi has been speaking to Luke from within the Force since the end of Star Wars: A New Hope, so for him to have suddenly stopped would be strange. In the trailer, Luke’s line “It’s time for the Jedi … to end” is delivered at the entrance of the Force tree, while looking back at someone on the inside. Is he conferring with Obi-Wan in this moment?
Of all the things that the prequels got wrong, one of the few true bright spots was the performance of Ewan McGregor as Kenobi. McGregor has expressed interest in returning to the franchise, and rumors of a solo film featuring Kenobi in the aftermath of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith have been hot in recent months. McGregor recorded lines that were heard at the end of Rey’s vision in The Force Awakens, which leads us to think that Disney is teasing some sort of return for the character.
Of course, Yoda’s voice is heard in both Rey’s vision and the teaser trailer for The Last Jedi. Again, his is another ghost that is seen at the end of Return of the Jedi. All the same arguments that can be made for Obi-Wan appearing to Luke or Rey at some point in the movie can also be made for Yoda.
After initially only seeing a serious amount of screen time in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in the original trilogy, Yoda was a major player in George Lucas’ prequel trilogy. The setup gave fans a lot of backstory about the Jedi and Yoda’s involvement as the council leader, so having him further that storyline with Luke in The Last Jedi would make sense. Yoda has been a fan favorite for years, so nobody is arguing with bringing him back for a cameo.
Although fans of just the Star Wars movies won’t know who she is, Ahsoka Tano has a major role in the canon of the franchise. Anakin’s apprentice from Star Wars: The Clone Wars re-appeared in season two of Star Wars Rebels, having a memorable battle with Darth Vader in the season finale. Her fate was left ambiguous, and she didn’t appear in any form during season three. But recently, Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni has hinted that Ahsoka may be alive — at least in some form.
Having her first appearance in a live-action movie be The Last Jedi probably isn’t the right platform, but nonetheless there are fans who would absolutely love it. The best way to make it work would be if Rey had a vision of Jedi from the past, which could also include Qui-Gon Jin and other prominent characters from the prequels and The Clone Wars.
When The Force Awakens released, there was one member of the main cast from the original trilogy that was notably absent. Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, was neither seen or mentioned throughout the course of the movie. The fact that there wasn’t even a throwaway line regarding his whereabouts — or that the character had died — seemingly left the door open to a later return.
Odds are, it won’t be in The Last Jedi. Williams, who is now 80 years old, has already said publicly that he has no role in the movie, but would be interested in returning for the next film, if asked. Despite his advanced age, Williams remains active in his career. So from a logistical standpoint, his return could work.
Fans love Lando, and there is certainly a faction that is holding out hope that he has a secret role in The Last Jedi. Maybe he could appear during the funeral for Han Solo?
Fans of Rebels are eagerly awaiting season four, which is set to debut in the fall of 2017 — ahead of The Last Jedi. This will be the final season of the series, which takes place in the years ahead of the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. One remaining item of interest for fans is Ezra Bridger, the Force-sensitive apprentice of Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus. How can Ezra’s story end in a satisfying fashion without leaving fans curious if he’ll show up at a later date?
There has already been some question about whether Benicio Del Toro’s character in The Last Jedi could in fact be a grown-up Ezra Bridger. The fact that director Rian Johnson has kept the character shrouded in secrecy leaves the ability to speculate, given that we don’t know the character’s name or role in the movie.
However, it has seemingly been confirmed that Del Toro is not playing Ezra. But he’s still a popular character among Rebels fans, and some sort of appearance in The Last Jedi would make them happy.
Samuel L. Jackson, the actor that played prequels Jedi Master Mace Windu, really wants his character to return to the Star Wars universe. And although not everyone agrees, there are plenty of fans that take his side on this issue. We last saw Windu in Revenge of the Sith, having his arm cut off by Anakin Skywalker and being thrown out a window by Darth Sidious. Since when do characters in Star Wars have the ability to lose a limb, fall from great heights, and survive? Oh, right, like the end of The Empire Strikes Back.
Getting Windu back into the fold would be tricky, given that they’d need to reasonably explain his survival and absence while dealing with the fact that he would be in his 80s or 90s at the time of The Last Jedi. In reality, fans that want Mace in the movie are almost certain to end up disappointed. But like others on the list, Windu could fit in any hypothetical scene where Rey or Luke has a vision involving the Jedi of the past.
So we can’t exactly rule this out, minus the fact that it would already have been filmed and Disney would be trusting Jackson to keep his lips sealed on the topic.