Having made his film debut as Wicket the Ewok in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Warwick Davis is a beloved part of the film franchise. He went on to appear in The Phantom Menace and The Force Awakens and will return to the Star Wars universe in both Rogue One and Episode VIII.
Though he couldn’t say too much about his role or the plot of Episode VIII due to secrecy surrounding the films, Davis did reveal a few details when talking with News Australia.
Episode VIII Moves the Trilogy Along
When The Force Awakens premiered, some critics and fans said the movie repeated too much from A New Hope, and those fans will not be excited by Davis’s news. However, the rest of us should be excited to learn that Episode VIII may resemble The Empire Strikes Back.
One of the key ways the movies will match up is in their endings. The Empire Strikes Back ends with many unanswered questions and Han Solo still frozen in Carbonite, leaving fans on edge for years afterward. Episode VIII may do the same thing.
While talking to News Australia, Warwick Davis said Episode VIII would end in a cliffhanger. He told the website, “Obviously we’re moving into the territory of Episode VIII very soon as well, and much like Empire Strikes Back I’m sure it’s going to deliver some quite impactful story moments, and it’ll leave us with some cliffhangers as well which resolve in Episode IX.”
Only a few weeks ago, Adam Driver, who plays Kylo Ren, also compared Episode VIII to The Empire Strikes Back when talking to Collider. He said, “It’s great. It’s similar to how The Empire Strikes Back has a different tone. For that people always go “oooh, it’s dark” but I don’t know that it necessarily is. It’s just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary but also very clear.”
Though Driver was quick to clarify in a later interview with Vanity Fair that he didn’t mean the films would have similar plots, the Davis interview suggests otherwise.
Fans have pointed out since The Force Awakens ended that Episode VIII will likely include training scenes between Rey and Luke Skywalker, much like the training scenes between Luke and Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back. The idea was even parodied by Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill in a tweet posted by Hamill.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 10, 2016
With The Force Awakens drawing such clear comparisons to A New Hope, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Episode VIII were to resemble The Empire Strikes Back in either tone or plot, but we’ll find out when the movie hits theaters on December 15, 2017.