Is this the return of Wicket?
Warwick Davis, who was only 11 years old when he won the part of Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi, has been tapped to return to the galaxy far, far away for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII.
Lucasfilm made the announcement with this video:
In addition to Return of the Jedi, the 3-foot-6 actor has impressive geek cred in the movies, having played the title role of Willow in Ron Howard’s 1988 fantasy adventure, Professor Flitwick and Griphook the goblin in the Harry Potter films, and the murderous imp in the Leprechaun horror flicks.
When directors think small, they think of Davis.
The actor also starred as a fictional version of himself alongside Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant in the 2011-13 series Life’s Too Short, which featured him as an unlucky actor clashing with the likes of Johnny Depp and Liam Neeson.
There’s no telling who Davis will portray in Episode VII, which is currently filming at Pinewood Studios outside London. None of the characters have been officially revealed, and Davis played a handful of other background characters in the prequel The Phantom Menace.
While we’re catching up with Luke, Han, Chewie, Princess Leia, and R2 and C-3PO from the original trilogy, perhaps Abrams will throw in a look at Wicket three decades later, too. The furry little spear-wielder seemed to be just a child, just as Davis was himself, so he’s surely still hanging around the forest moon, telling war stories.