Recently some photos surfaced that lead us to believe that the iconic character, ‘Admiral Akbar‘ was going to be part of the new film, Star Wars The Force Awakens, but we didn’t immediately fall into that trap. Today we have some more information that looks like he indeed will make an appearance in the new film. Check out the details below and share your thoughts after the JUMP!
The Force Awakens will see the return of many old favorites to the Star Wars saga, including Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Leia and Harrison Ford as Han Solo. Not only them, it also appears that our favorite Mon Calamari military leader will be making an appearance in the film as well. Our friends at Making Star Wars pointed out an interview The Australian did with legendary puppeteer Tim Rose where he confirmed his role in the film and the character he will be portraying…
First off, Rose commented on the intense secrecy surrounding The Force Awakens:
“I’m very frustrated by that. Out of the need to be secret, we’re not actually able to get everything we need to do our jobs as well as we could… And as someone who has been doing it for 35 years, I find it very frustrating.”
And on reprising Ackbar he said:
“I’d like to think I gave Ackbar something special which you can tell. I think you can. I can tell when I see my friends who do specialised and full body suit work no matter what character they go into; I can tell you exactly who it is because I know their movements so well,”
And about the film as a whole he added:
“What I can say about the new movie is that if you were a fan of the original three, you’re going to absolutely love this one to bits… You can expect a smorgasbord of people you love.”
Previously we had heard rumors about Ackbar’s return and even saw a photo of a Mon Calamari we presumed was Ackbar. The fact that Tim Rose canceled some convention appearances last year also added legitimacy to the speculation. It’s incredibly exciting finally have a confirmation that he will most definitely be back as Ackbar in The Force Awakens. Considering Ackbar’s continued presense in the Star Wars Galaxy following Return Of The Jedi, such as the book Aftermath, it will be very interesting to see what role he will have in The Force Awakens as, presumably, a leader of the Resistance.