The Rise of Skywalker touted a marquee solid: Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, and John Boyega returning because the core group. Billy Dee Williams again as Lando Calrissian. Carrie Fisher resuming her regal function as General Organa because of the magic of Star Wars deleted scenes. Keri Russell, a J.J. Abrams favourite for the reason that Felicity days, beneath a Boba Fett-like masks to play Zorri Bliss. The checklist goes on — and on and on and on.
Star Wars is the type of property the place identify actors don’t thoughts filling small however necessary roles. Take Lord of the Rings and Lost star Dominic Monaghan, who exhibits up as a Resistance fighter who kinda sorta is aware of how the Emperor got here again to life. Then there are the straight cameos: in Rise, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and longtime franchise composer John Williams each pop up in blink-and-you’ll-miss them moments, simply because.
But maybe essentially the most fulfilling, impressed bit of cameo casting comes on the very end of The Rise of Skywalker, at a key second that’s positively spoiler territory.
[Ed. observe: the remaining of this submit accommodates main spoilers for Rise of Skywalker.]
As Rey stands down the Emperor in his darkish chamber on Exegol, tempted to strike him down regardless of the likelihood of giving him limitless energy, the good-hearted warrior hears the voices of Jedi previous.
“These are your final steps, Rey. Rise and take them.”
Like Korra within the Avatar: The Last Airbender spinoff The Legend of Korra, Rey isn’t solely the apparent candidate to guide a brand new era of Jedi, she’s actually possessing the ability of each Jedi who walked earlier than her. And as she faces her best enemy, her predecessors whisper phrases of encouragement by the ether. Some of the Jedi are recognizable. Others a viewer would solely know in the event that they’d saved up with the final decade of animated Star Wars tv. Here’s a rundown of the stunning voices we hear on this key scene.
Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker
Though changed by beloved voice actor Matt Lanter in The Clone Wars TV collection, Christensen returns to his function as Brooding Older Anakin Skywalker to remind Rey that the Force surrounds her. This was the primary time he appeared in a Star Wars film since Revenge of the Sith (except you depend his Force ghost in re-edits of Return of the Jedi).
Christensen’s work as Anakin was not terribly properly acquired, and in 2010 he took a 4 yr break from appearing.
“I guess I felt like I had this great point in Star Wars that offered all these alternatives and gave me a profession, nevertheless it all form of felt slightly too handed to me,” Christensen advised Los Angeles Times in 2017, whereas selling the spiritual drama 90 Minutes in Heaven. “I didn’t want to go through life feeling like I was just riding a wave.”
Olivia d’Abo as Luminara Unduli
Despite deepening Star Wars canon since 2008, the mythology of Dave Filoni’s The Clone Wars has not often crossed over into Lucasfilm’s theatrical blockbusters. Rogue One was a milestone, casting Forrest Whitaker to play a live-action model of Saw Gerrera and that includes a cameo by the Ghost, the principle ship from Star Wars: Rebels. Rise of Skywalker brings the connections to the canonical animated universe to the Skywalker Saga for the primary time, that includes a line-reading from Olivia d’Abo, who breathed life into Luminara after she appeared silently in Attack of the Clones.
Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano
There is not any larger Star Wars fan favourite who has by no means to set foot on the massive display screen than Ahsoka. The padawan of Anakin Skywalker, the character was the lifeblood of The Clone Wars and later appeared on Star Wars Rebels to assist information the younger Jedi wannabe, Ezra. (Both exhibits are now on Disney Plus, so no excuses.) When or if Ahsoka would seem in a film has been a sticking level for followers, who would have a tough time separating Ashley Eckstein’s vibrant voicework from whoever would possibly play her in live-action. While we’ll maintain out for a Mandalorian look, her voice cameo in The Rise of Skywalker is a bit heartbreaking. After Rebels, it was unclear what occurred to Ahsoka, however by the point the First Order crumbles, we all know she’s handed on.
Jennifer Hale as Aayla Secura
If you’ve spent an inordinate time background photographs of Jedi battles, you already know Aayla Secura, who appeared in each Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Dave Filoni and his group of Clone Wars writers carved out extra backstory and adventures for the Rutian Twi’lek, however Aalya is very notable for not even being a creation of George Lucas. She first appeared in Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars: Republic, and have become canon by her inclusion within the prequel movies. Hale, who performed her on Clone Wars, retains the legacy of the character going into the sequel trilogy.
Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu
If viewers may pick any of Rey’s motivators voices, it’s in all probability Jackson’s, who alongside with being a pressure of god on display screen, has a popularity for excellent narration. Along with narrating Inglorious Basterds for longtime confederate Quentin Tarantino, the actor delivered Oscar-worthy work talking the phrases of James Baldwin within the latest documentary I Am Not Your Negro. The man can speak.
Mace Windu had a life after the prequel trilogy, with Terrence C. Carson performing the function on The Clone Wars for years. But in a latest interview with Stephen Colbert, Jackson he’d be attention-grabbing in returning to the function. “I’d really love to get one more run at Mace Windu in Star Wars,” he stated. Lucasfilm, are you listening?
Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
No one amongst of the Star Wars galaxy matched the concentrated charisma of McGregor, so it’s not stunning that Disney and Lucasfilm are truly giving the actor yet one more run in his outdated Jedi robes. August, Lucasfilm formally introduced that Ewan McGregor, who crammed the footwear of Alec Guinness in Lucas’ prequel movies, would return to the Star Wars universe in a brand new Obi-Wan TV collection for Disney Plus. We’re already dreaming of the chances, and his voice cameo in Rise of Skywalker solely acquired us extra pumped.
Frank Oz as Yoda
OK, we take that again about Sam Jackson: there’s no Star Wars voice extra recognizable than Muppet veteran Frank Oz’s aged Yoda voice. After showing within the rubber flesh for The Last Jedi, the OG Yoda returned to encourage Rey within the Rise of Skywalker’s pivotal scene.
Fun truth: veteran voice actor Tom Kane assumed the function for The Clone Wars TV collection, and whereas there wasn’t room to squeeze him into the voice-heavy Episode IX scene, he already has a spot within the sequel trilogy pantheon: He picked up the function of Admiral Ackbar after authentic actor Erik Bauersfeld handed away.
Angelique Perrin as Adi Gallia
Like Aayla Secura, Adi Gallia was a Jedi who appeared on display screen within the prequel trilogy however didn’t have a lot to do. Unlike Aayla Secura, the Adi of the Clone Wars collection is, like her live-action counterpart, performed by a lady of shade. Angelique Perrin, who most just lately voiced characters in Cannon Busters, voiced the function over seven animated episodes and returned for The Rise of Skywalker.
Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan Jarrus
Easily the most important shock to any millennial Star Wars fan who didn’t sustain with the animated expanded universe, former She’s All That and Summer Catch heartthrob Freddie Prinze Jr. pops up for a second in Rise of Skywalker’s aural Jedi collage. We don’t need to spoil an excessive amount of of Rebels for the uninitiated, however Kanan is the uncommon combine of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, a Jedi who put down his saber for a blaster and life as a smuggler after his brethren had been killed in Order 66. His story in Rebels will pull your heartstrings, making his inclusion in Rise of Skywalker emotional for a sure sliver of followers.
Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn
Last however not least, Neeson’s formidable Phantom Menace Jedi returns to the sequel trilogy to hep Rey battle a villain he didn’t dwell lengthy sufficient to know as a villain. While Qui-Gon’s premature demise on the hand of Darth Maul saved him out of the principle narratives of The Clone Wars, he did seem as a Force Ghost to instruct his former padawan Obi-Wan. And not like most of the prequel trilogy actors, Neeson truly returned to play him.