British movie legend Warwick Davis has officially announced on the Star Wars YouTube channel that he will indeed be starring in the next Star Wars movie.
Davis has of course already starred in Star Wars: Episode VI The Return of the Jedi as Wicket, an Ewok on the planet Endor. As well as Return of the Jedi he has starred in some of the biggest fantasy movies of all time including Willow, Harry Potter, The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy and Labyrinth. He has also featured in many top television shows, most recently appearing in Ricky Gervais's An Idiot Abroad, Life's Too Short and Doctor Who.
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In typical style Davis released the news in an unusual and amusing way that you can see below.
His announcement sparks a big question about the new movie, will the Ewoks feature? There have been many rumours regarding the new plot and it could make sense for the Ewoks to return if only briefly. Were the new movie to start where Return of the Jedi left off the rebel alliance, having just blown up the Death Star and defeated the Empires troops on Endor, would still be on the planet before planning their next move.
Warwick Davis isn't the only original cast member confirmed for Episode VII, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Anthony Daniels (C3-PO) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) have all been recalled as well as new additions, who's characters are unconfirmed, including Adam Driver (Frances Ha, Inside Llewelyn Davies), Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Max Von Sydow (Dune, Ghostbusters II) and Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave, Non-Stop). The movie will of course be directed by JJ Abrams (Star Trek, Lost, Fringe) who has a great track record and could add a much needed darker edge to the franchise.
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Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled for release in December 2015 and will be the the first Star Wars movie since Episode III Revenge of the Sith in 2005.