JJ Abrams confirms Yoda and Obi Wan Kenobi are hidden in The Force Awakens

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(From Daily Mail) There is even more of the original Star Wars cast in The Force Awakens than anyone realises.

JJ Abrams has revealed that Yoda as well as both young and old versions of Obi Wan Kenobi are hidden in the film.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director confirmed that the voices of all three characters can be heard during a pivotal scene in which Rey experiences a vision at Maz Kanata’s castle.

Both Frank Oz – who played the tiny green Jedi Master – as well as Ewan McGregor who portrayed the younger Obi Wan in the prequel trilogy, reprised their roles and recorded new audio for use in the scene.

Meanwhile a clever editing trick was used to make Alec Guinness – who died in 2000 at the age of 86 – read some of the brand new dialogue as the older Obi Wan of the originals.

‘The idea of the voices was, we wanted the audience to feel – but not necessarily be presented right in your face – this idea that familiar, Force-strong voices were connecting with her. At least as well as they could,’ Abrams said.

He revealed that audiences can hear a little bit of Yoda; Luke yelling “Noooo! from THAT moment in the Empire Strikes back, as well as the younger Obi Wan saying: “Rey … these are your first steps”.

‘Here’s the cool part. We asked Ewan McGregor to come in and do the line,’ the director said. ‘And he was awesome and we were very grateful. He was incredibly sweet and handsome, and all that stuff. Then he rode off on his motorcycle. Literally the coolest voice over actor ever.’

Although Oz recorded a number of new lines, Abrams ended up using existing dialogue from the previous films.

‘He was very generous to say, “Whatever makes the movie better, I’m happy to help out”,’ he said.

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