With less than two weeks to go until it hits theaters, the potential for spoilers related to The Last Jedi is at an all-time high, with a barrage of marketing materials being published and screenings taking place. Digital Sputnik, a company that creates a variety of lighting products used in film, might have just inadvertently revealed that a previously dead character makes an appearance in the upcoming film.
***WARNING: Potential spoilers below for The Last Jedi***
Over on Digital Sputnik’s official Facebook page, they shared a trailer for the new film Mary Magdalene, for which they also created lights. After posting the trailer, they added an addendum to the characters they’ve their products have lit for films.
The company didn’t specify the project in which they “illuminated” Yoda, but given how new the company is, we know this comment isn’t in regard to the original trilogy or the prequel films.
Through the process of elimination, we know that Yoda didn’t appear in any deleted scenes from The Force Awakens and Yoda would have been on Dagobah during the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, leaving only The Last Jedi as an option for a feature film appearance.
There’s a slight possibility that the company could have created equipment used on an unofficial project in which Yoda appeared, but with Lucasfilm’s protective nature over their product, we doubt that’s something the company would boast about on their Facebook page.
When the first teaser for The Last Jedi debuted earlier this spring, fans were treated to an audio Easter egg, as Yoda’s dialogue was inserted over footage of Rey training with Luke. Additionally, one specific rock formation appeared to have a resemblance to the Jedi Master, making audiences think he could appear in the film.
The rock formation theory was quickly debunked, with multiple angles of this rock showing how it looked similar to Yoda, which seemingly removed hope that the character could appear in the film.
Yoda’s Force ghost has appeared in the saga before, but creating a similar appearance for The Last Jedi might not have necessitated actual lights being used, except maybe just for reference, making Digital Sputnik’s comments seem to imply a puppet was lit. This could potentially hint at an appearance from the Jedi Master in the form of a flashback, with Luke potentially drawing inspiration from a moment he shared with Yoda on Dagobah that didn’t appear in the original trilogy.