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Warwick Davis’ first screen role was as the Ewok Wicket in the 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VII. Though he also had a role in 1999’s The Phantom Menace, Davis has stayed busy in the Star Wars community as a host and moderator for numerous fan events around the globe. And now, according to this video, he has found his way into Star Wars: Episode VII.
Best casting announcement ever?
This is a very clever video made by Warwick Davis and shared on the official Star Wars Facebook page. The little details in the video crack me up, from the tiny Ewok action figure sitting on Davis’ desk at the beginning of the clip, to the image of him on a coffee mug and the phrase, "Actual size."
Not that Warwick Davis has been sitting around waiting for Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy – of his former director, George Lucas – to give him a call. The actor transitioned from the Star Wars films to the massively successful Harry Potter franchise, where he played Filius Flitwick, Head of the Ravenclaw House.
Finding room for Warwick Davis is just another concession that J.J. Abrams is making to the fans in an effort to connect Star Wars: Episode VII to the original films. When you already have Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in the movie, I’m not sure how many more bridges you need between the old trilogy and the new series of films. And Davis did appear late in the original trilogy. Hopefully this doesn’t mean that Abrams wants Ewoks in his movie. Because we do not need a return to Endor, and a musical sequence. Yub nub, yourself, sir.
So, will we recognize Warwick Davis? Will he be buried under makeup? Let’s hope more will be revealed as we get closer to the movie’s release date.