As far as returning characters go in the expanding Star Wars universe, we know most of the ones that will be back. Darth Vader will pop up in Star Wars Rebels, and Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, and most of the other big timers will appear in Star Wars: Episode VII. But as Disney develops the canon across a variety of platforms, you have to wonder about some of the more cursory personalities. Today we learned about one of these: Warwick Davis will appear in Episode VII.
For the most part, the casting announcements for Episode VII have been rather unceremonious, even back to the first massive reveal. Usually it’s just a list of names, or just one name, and that’s about it. Davis’ announcement, however, arrived with some flair and personality, as you can see in the video above that was posted to the Star Wars Facebook page.
Probably most famous for his roles in Willow and as professor Filius Flitwick in the Harry Potter movies, Davis made his big screen debut in 1983 with Return of the Jedi as the spunky Ewok Wicket who befriends Princess Leia. He also appeared in the first prequel, The Phantom Menace, though only as a background character.
What remains to be seen is how he’ll show up in Episode VII. Will he just pop up as another face in the crowd that, while many people will see, many others will just overlook? Or, does this mean that Wicket will be back for more adventures? This could mean that the story goes to Endor, which makes sense if a big part of the action involves searching for Luke Skywalker in a self-imposed exile as we’ve heard. Endor could very well be one of the places the search party checks, it’s remote, wooded, the Jedi has connections there but could very easily keep a low profile.
Or, and this is my favorite, what if Wicket has, in the 30 years since Jedi, become something of a politician? We’ve heard that there’s a Galactic Republic in the new film, as well as the remnants of the Empire lurking out there on the periphery, and what if the little fur ball is one of the delegates from Endor? That would be ridiculous and strange, and maybe stretch your incredulity a wee bit too far, but it’s certainly possible. We’ll have to wait until December 18, 2015 to know for sure, but what the hell, it’s fun to speculate.