Warwick Davis with family

Warwick Davis with family

Warwick Davis will star in 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'.

The 46-year-old actor famously starred in 1983's 'Return of the Jedi' as Ewok Wicket and he has confirmed he will be in the sci-fi sequel, but he is remaining tight-lipped on what role he is playing.

When asked if he'll be appearing in Rian Johnson's instalment, he said: "I do, yes ... That's all I can say."

Echoing Adam Driver's previous comments that the new film is similar in tone to 'Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back', Davis teased fans by revealing the movie has some "impactful story moments" just like the 1980 classic.

He told The Independent: "I think ('The Force Awakens') sets up the trilogy very well. Obviously, we're moving into the territory of 'Episode VIII' very soon as well, and much like 'Empire Strikes Back' I'm sure it's going to deliver some quite impactful story moments, and it'll leave us with some cliffhangers as well which resolve in 'Episode IX'."

Davis has a long association with the 'Star Wars' franchise.

As well as playing Wicket in 'Episode VI' - a cuddly bear-like alien who proves to be a key ally in the defeat of The Empire - he also played several parts in George Lucas' prequel film 'Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace', including Greedo the Elder.

He returned in J.J. Abrams' 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' appearing as Wollivan, a tavern-dweller in Maz Kanata's castle.

Meanwhile, Driver has clarified what he meant when he said 'Episode VIII' will be like 'The Empire Strikes Back' - which was directed by Irvin Kershner.

The 32-year-old actor reprises his role as villain Kylo Ren in the next instalment in the franchise and his suggestion the film will be "dark" sparked theories amongst fans that The Resistance will suffer defeats against The First Order, just like the Rebellion did against Darth Vader and The Empire in 'Episode V'.

Now, speaking to Vanity Fair, he has stated: "What I said was the tone of it was different, I didn't say that it was gonna be in the vein of [it] - I was using it as an example, so poor example."

"Next time I should say, 'I'm trying to think of another sequel to a movie that's good.' When I read the script, it was not what I expected, in the best of ways."


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