Star Wars: The Force Awakens May Feature Ewoks

There are many different divisive elements within the Star Wars universe, but certainly ranking near the top is the existence of the furry little aliens known as Ewoks. Introduced in Return of the Jedi, the creatures are seen by some as cute little rebel allies, while others find them to be too kid-friendly and stupid. If you fall into the latter category, you may want to brace yourselves, as a new rumor has cropped up saying that the Ewoks - specifically Warwick Davis' Wicket - may have a presence in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

This should all be taken with a grain of salt, but the story comes from the folks over at Making Star Wars, who make the claim of having two pieces of evidence suggesting that Wicket will show up in the seventh chapter of the Star Wars saga. The first comes from a press tour that Daisy Ridley and Kathleen Kennedy recently went on in Japan. Guests were given a press book that featured blurbs about the Star Wars cast, and this list included Warwick Davis - who is directly identified as Wicket (it should be noted that he has actually been two characters in the franchise, having also played "Wald" in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace).

The second piece of evidence is admittedly just as sketchy. In addition to having a photo of the press book from Japan, the site also claims to have previously heard about artwork from Star Wars: The Force Awakens that features a good number of dead Ewoks following a visit to the forest moon of Endor from The First Order (the new name for The Empire). Evidently they are on the hunt for Darth Vader's mask - as seen in the theatrical trailer released a couple months ago - and have no problem killing any and all furry creatures who stand in their way. It's posited that Wicket could be a survivor of this slaughter.

J.J. Abrams hasn't been incredibly shy when it comes to the more controversial aspects of the Star Wars universe, as there's a strong possibility that the bones of Jar Jar Binks may show up in Star Wars: The Force Awakens... but I'm still not sure I'm buying this story. Including Ewoks in any capacity is courting potential anger from fans, and even if The First Order does visit the moon of Endor to get Darth Vader's mask, that doesn't mean that the fuzzy inhabitants of the area will have to be involved.

What do you guys think? Given the evidence, do you think that there will be Ewoks included in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or are you a bit more dubious about what has been presented here?

Eric Eisenberg
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