Tim Rose Back for The Force Awakens as Admiral Ackbar

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Admiral Ackbar
Admiral Ackbar

A couple of months ago, a few various websites got their hands on some images that were not supposed to be released, of a familiar Mon Calamari character on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Of course the last time we saw Admiral Ackbar, he was celebrating the Rebels win at the Battle of Endor in Star Wars Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.  Fans did not expect to see this character in The Force Awakens, but the images confirmed his inclusion.

Now a little more information has started to drop about the character as well, including the news that original actor Tim Rose is reprising the role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Apparently Rose is a tad frustrated by all the secrecy surrounding the film though.  The actor had this to say in a recent interview with The Australian,

Star Wars actor Tim Rose is frustrated at the amount of secrecy surrounding the latest addition to the famous franchise, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

ROSE, who played Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983), reprises his role for the highly anticipated seventh movie but can reveal very little about his character or the film.

“I’m very frustrated by that,” Rose told AAP in Sydney. “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.”

Rose also expressed the trouble he had getting inside and operating the costume, although he found the actual experience of playing the character fun as a puppeteer. He noted that Original Trilogy fans will love the film and hinted that there are a few familiar faces returning that we have yet to hear about.

About Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Starring original cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and franchise newcomers, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o and Max von Sydow, Star Wars Episode VII is set to be released on December 18th, 2015.