Fresh from the announcement that Star Wars VII is on the way, it seems that Master Yoda is due to have his own standalone movie. And he’s not the only one.
Role in movie, he has. At least that’s if you believe the stories that are currently circulating at the moment. Disney have not wasted any time since they acquired the rights to the Star Wars franchise. The JJ Abrams directed Star Wars VII seems to have whetted the appetite of executives as they shape up to take the legendary franchise to a whole other dimension, with Yoda, Boba Fett and Captain of the Millennium Falcon himself, Han Solo, all getting spin off movies, according to Entertainment Weekly.
When it was announced that George Lucas was going to be releasing the prequels to the original trilogy, there were mixed reactions. Should certain things be left alone? With the original trilogy being so iconic, the prequels were always facing an uphill battle. Starting slowly with The Phantom Menace, the fans fury focused on little Jake Lloyd’s wooden portrayal of young Anakin Skywalker and of course, Jar Jar Binks. Thankfully a double ’saber wielding villain in the shape of Darth Maul was on hand to back-flip us into distraction. Attack of the Clones was marginally better, before Hayden Christensen’s more mature Anakin came of age in the best of the trilogy, Revenge of the Sith.
Master Yoda was ever present in all six of the previous films, with his mismatched words of wisdom available to Jedi and Senators alike. His lightsaber battles with Count Dooku and the future Emperor, Darth Sidious were some of the most anticipated scenes in the prequels. However, although he was a big part in all of the films, he was never the lead. How will he fair holding the film, and will audiences become tired of his mixed up sentences? As he was killed midway through Return of the Jedi, you would assume that the film would be set before his demise. However, as we know, death is not so much of an obstacle when you’re an all-powerful Jedi. A little rest and before you know it, you’re surrounded by a lovely blue glow and can interact with other living Jedi.
So who will be next? With Han and Boba seemingly pencilled in for spin-offs, the possibilities are endless. The reports are that Han’s solo voyage will be set in the time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope (Star Wars to the purists), with Boba’s being set either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Return of the Jedi. It does seem that a new actor will need to be cast as Han, as Harrison Ford would have to do something similar to Jeff Bridges for Tron Legacy and be a CGI version of himself to look the part of the young smuggler. It does seem that Disney will be milking this cash cow for all it’s worth, so expect a glut of spin-offs, sequels, prequels, and remakes – you name it, they will make it.
One piece of sad news is the death of Yoda’s creator Stuart Freeborn. The make-up artist was behind the legendary figure, as well as Chewbacca. He was 98 years old.