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Star Wars: Yoda actor Frank Oz willing to return for spin-off film

Living legend Frank Oz, who voiced Yoda in the 'Star Wars' saga, has revealed that he'd be up for a return to the series if the pint-sized Jedi master were to star in his own spin-off movie.

Last week it was confirmed that standalone 'Star Wars' movies based on existing characters were to plug the gaps between the revived franchise's major episodic releases.

The confirmation from Disney CEO Bob Isner followed initial reports that Yoda was to get his own film, something which has so far remained a rumour.

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It was in an interview with The LA Times that Oz revealed he would be eager to reprise his role, saying, "He's in my heart. I know Yoda very deeply."

He was then questioned on whether, if the film were to take place, Yoda would be a puppet or computer animated character,

"I think it depends on the story, but I think at this point you can't go back to the puppet," he said.

"The reason George Lucas did the CGI, which I supported, was that he wanted to tell a story that would have been hampered by the physical limitations of the puppet."

Of course nothing is official at this stage and Oz's words should be taken as enthusiasm rather than an indication of any plans.

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Oz famously first appeared as the voice of Yoda in 'The Empire Strikes Back', with subsequent puppet performances in 'Return of the Jedi' and 'The Phantom Menace' before CGI took over.

The puppet originally used in 'Episode 1' was replaced with a CGI version for the Blu-Ray release last year.

After Disney's announcement last week reports emerged that fan-favourites Han Solo and Boba Fett would be the first characters to get the spin-off treatment, but nothing is cast in stone yet.

The standalone films are expected to fill in the time between the major instalments of the franchise, which begins with J.J. Abrams' 'Episode 7' in 2015.