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Obi-Wan and Yoda Make a Brief Appearance in The Force Awakens, Just Like The Happiness You Knew as a Child

Yup, Obi-Wan can still get it.

Warning: Spoilers ahead for those mighty few who haven’t seen The Force Awakens yet.

Daniel Craig isn’t the only hunky British actor hiding out in The Force Awakens (and you thought you were done with Star Wars secrets). EW reports that J.J. Abrams decided to hide cameos from Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda during Rey’s trippy dream sequence in the new film. The scene comes when Rey touches Luke Skywalker’s old lightsaber and then witnesses a series of flashbacks: to her childhood and also of Kylo Ren’s attack on the Jedi. During that sequence, you hear a few flashbacks, and the voices of Obi-Wan and Yoda. Guess what? Those were really Ewan McGregor (who played Obi-Wan in the prequels), the late Alec Guinness (who played him in the original trilogy), and Frank Oz (who played Yoda).

Most of the sound recording came from old footage. EW reports that Abrams cut the word “Rey” out of a sample of Guiness saying “afraid” and even used Luke Skywalker’s iconic “Nooo!” from Empire. The Force Awakens team went with old dialogue for Yoda as well, though Oz did come into the studio to record — Abrams says that he might return for a sequel, meaning he’s just passing the buck to Rian Johnson. But the best story comes from McGregor, who recorded the line, “Rey … these are your first steps.” According to Abrams, McGregor “was incredibly sweet and handsome, and all that stuff. Then he rode off on his motorcycle.”


Obi-Wan and Yoda Are in The Force Awakens