We have known from get-go that Admiral Ackbar would be back in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Now we can have the first official look at his new costume.
The latest image has massive photos featuring new Star Wars favorites. The art comes from Star Wars Topps Card Trader app, and Fathead and Advanced Graphics. WDWNT gathered them in one place and you can check them out:
Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar) has been confirmed to return for Star Wars: The Last Jedi in February of 2016.
Tim Rose had a small role in The Force Awakens. And he complained about the secrecy on set. He had this to say about the frustrating experience shooting The Force Awakens:
“I’m very frustrated by that. Out of the need to be secret, we’re not actually able to get everything we need to do our jobs as well as we could. And as someone who has been doing it for 35 years, I find it very frustrating. … What I can say about the new movie is that if you were a fan of the original three, you’re going to absolutely love this one to bits.”
Admiral Ackbar has appeared on the big screen twice, first in 1983’s Return of the Jedi where he helped in defeating and destroying the second Death Star.
He then returned in Force Awakens to help the Resistance take down Starkiller Base. According to Rose, it is important that he returns to play the character:
“I’d like to think I gave Ackbar something special which you can tell. I think you can. I can tell when I see my friends who do specialized and full body suit work no matter what character they go into; I can tell you exactly who it is because I know their movements so well. It takes a unique sort of masochist to ever want to do it in the first place. But the joy of doing it is the joy of animatronics, and that’s taking the foam latex, an inanimate object, and making people think it’s alive.”
Sadly, Admiral Ackbar voice actor, Erik Bauersfeld had passed away in April last year. It has not been announced if he did any voice work for The Last Jedi.
Admiral Ackbar is not the only character returning in the latest images from Fathead, Topps, and Advance Graphics. Fans get new looks for everyone. We get to see two different looks for Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca looks young, thePorgs are proving to be cute. And Leia looks regal. Fans also get to see Rey, Finn and Poe.