In an interview with The Australian, actor Tim Rose confirmed rumors that he's returned to the franchise to reprise the role of Admiral Ackbar in Episode VII: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The character, who famously exclaimed, "It's a Trap!" was a fan favorite due to his exceedingly alien nature and oft-quoted one-liner.
Rose said he's "very frustrated" by the secrecy surrounding the film, but excited to be back in the role, despite the difficulties.
"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," Rose said. "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 specialised 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."
The character of Ackbar has appeared in other media, including a young version in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and appearances and mentions in books and comic books. The recently released Star Wars: Aftermath, which takes place after Return of the Jedi, includes references to the Admiral. He also appeared in the Marvel Comics mini-series Princess Leia.
The actor also hinted that fans of his last appearance should be very happy with the new movie.
"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," Rose said. "You can expect a smorgasbord of people you love."