Warwick Davis Made Sure Rise Of Skywalker Had A Very Specific Nod To Return Of The Jedi

by Jeremy Spirogis
Wicket, Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca in Return of the Jedi

Warning: SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are forward!

We knew going into Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that there’d be quite a lot of acquainted faces. For occasion, simply weeks forward of the film’s launch, a promotional video was launched teasing that we’d be seeing Ewoks once more. You bear in mind the little fuzzballs who helped the Rebels struggle the Imperials on Endor in Return of the Jedi, proper? Don’t reply that, in fact you do.

Sure sufficient, after Emperor Palatine was lastly killed for good and his armada was destroyed in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, we regarded in on a number of planets the place The First Order was being toppled, and on Endor, Ewok all-star Wicket W. Warrick may very well be seen celebrating alongside his son, Pommet Warrick.

Warwick Davis, who performed Wicket again within the day, reprised the Ewok for The Rise of Skywalker. I lately had the pleasure of talking with Davis about his function as Lickspittle in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and when the dialog turned to Star Wars, he mentioned the next about how he strived to make sure that the viewers would know he was enjoying Wicket once more versus only a generic Ewok:

… I knew he’d be older and wiser, however there needed to be just a few little similarities in there, and we labored very rigorously on the coloring, however he’s probably older and grayer than he was. He nonetheless has the outdated head tilt, which is the factor I did in Return of the Jedi, based mostly on my pet canine, and I threw it in there in Rise of Skywalker for outdated instances sake. And hopefully that’s the important thing transfer that reminds folks, ‘Oh yes, this is the character we already know.’

Most hardcore Star Wars followers in all probability don’t have bother recognizing the lovable Wicket, however along with chiming in on how his character’s fur would look slightly completely different after so a few years, Warwick Davis additionally threw within the head tilt as additional indication that this was the identical Ewok who helped foster an alliance between his folks and the Rebels. If he hadn’t stumbled throughout Leia Organa following the speeder bike chase, it’s unlikely the second Death Star’s protect generator would have finally been destroyed.

As for the truth that we noticed the older Wicket alongside his son in the direction of the top of The Rise of Skywalker, that’s made additional particular when studying that Warwick Davis’ personal son, Harrison, was enjoying Pommet. This isn’t the primary time considered one of Davis’ kids has participated in a Star Wars film, as his daughter, Annabelle Davis, labored on The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

While Warwick Davis has performed loads of different Star Wars characters over time, together with Weazel in each The Phantom Menace and Solo, Wicket is definitely probably the most well-known of the bunch. Not solely was Davis shocked he was attending to play the Ewok once more his experience got here in useful throughout the Wicket recreation course of. He defined:

It was fairly an incredible expertise truly going again to one thing that’s… I by no means thought I’d revisit that character in 1,000,000 years. It was a terrific inventive expertise to not solely be a part of creating the costume once more, recreating that. Because in my thoughts, I had reminiscences of it that the costume division couldn’t probably have. And simply trying on the photographic proof that we had, there have been no designs, so I had plenty of behind-the-scenes images in my very own assortment which confirmed the construction beneath the fur, which is what they would wish to determine the muscle construction and the froth that’s beneath that enables the fur to sit down in the way in which it does and provides form to the character. So that was a enjoyable course of.

But donning the Wicket go well with once more was only one a part of the enjoyable. Warwick Davis additionally talked about out the way it was nice to see the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker crew, together with director J.J. Abrams, react to seeing him in costume earlier than their eyes, saying:

And then simply getting on set and sort of being that character once more. And then the joy that it’s gonna faze everyone else. Because quite a lot of the individuals who work on Star Wars in fact are there as a result of they love the film and are followers of the film. For them, for anyone like J.J. Abrams whose enthusiasm for doing this was so infectious as properly for everyone, he was simply so excited to as soon as once more have two Ewoks on the set. It was a terrific day of filming, and I very a lot loved it.

In addition to enjoying Wicket, Warwick Davis additionally appeared in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as Wizzich Mozzer, a member of The Resistance. And whereas for these of you who simply can’t get sufficient Wicket, Davis revealed to me that there shall be a behind-the-scenes featurette on the The Rise of Skywalker residence media launch exploring him enjoying the character once more. In his phrases:

… And there’s a very nice DVD additional that it is advisable to look out for when that ultimately comes out that paperwork the sort of technique of bringing Wicket again to the display once more, which is nice.

There’s no phrase but on when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker shall be accessible on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital, so keep tuned to Sahiwal for that data. For now, the ultimate installment of the Skywalker is continuous its theatrical run, and whereas important reception has been polarizing, it’s been doing fairly properly for itself on the field workplace, at present sitting at $946 million worldwide.

If you haven’t already, learn Sahiwal’s assessment of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and preserve checking again for extra protection regarding the film. You may also begin planning what you’ll see in theaters later this yr with our 2020 launch schedule.

As for Warwick Davis, you possibly can see his efficiency as Lickspittle in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on Digital now, and the sequel’s Blu-ray and DVD copies shall be launched subsequent Tuesday, January 14. He’s additionally set to reprise the eponymous protagonist of 1988’s Willow for a TV sequence that’s in improvement for Disney+, with Ron Howard and Jonathan Kasdan additionally connected.


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