YODA Makes STAR WARS: REBELS Debut in January

Yoda from Star Wars: Clone Wars
Credit: Lucasfilm

Pound for pound he's the greatest Jedi to ever have lived, and as Star Wars: Rebels enters the halfway point on its first season the green-skinned Force wielder is making his presence known - if only by voice, for now.

Disney/LucasFilm released a YouTube video this week featuring a brief clip from the upcoming episode "Path of the Jedi," featuring the young Jedi Kanan Jarrus meditating at a derelict Jedi temple when he's surprised by Yoda contacting him via the Force.

Star Wars: Rebels takes place several years before Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, with Yoda already in self-imposed exile on the swamp planet of Dagobah following the intense purging of the Jedi by Darth Vader and the Empire. While this is the first time Yoda's presence is felt in Star Wars: Rebels, it holds the promise of more appearances -- or at least, sounds -- of the beloved character.

Also of note is the voice of Yoda: Frank Oz. Although other actors have played the role in previous years, Oz has returned to voice the character here in Star Wars: Rebels. Earlier in the seasons, viewers witnessed other original Star Wars actors such as Anthony Daniels and James Earl Jones reprise their roles, as C-3PO and Darth Vader respectively.

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