Could Greg Grunberg come back?
Yes, this is a question that no one is asking. But we are! Onscreen, Grunberg is Blue Squadron pilot Temmin 'Snap' Wexley. Offscreen, the actor is childhood friends with J.J. Abrams. (Yeah, they go way back -- see also: Felicity, Alias, Mission Impossible III, etc.) Though Grunberg wasn't in The Last Jedi, many have wondered if the top recon flier will re-team up with his old pal to bolster the Resistance in Episode IX. Yahoo Entertainment posed that exact question this summer and got a promising response: "You know what -- we'd better or else my wife is going to kill me for growing a beard," Grunberg told the site during a video interview, scratching said beard as he answered. "I can't officially say anything, but this is getting itchy, and I'm getting itchy to go over there and do it." Many have interpreted the comment as an unofficial confirmation. We wouldn't be surprised if it came to be.
Along with Yoda?
[Potentially BIG spoiler! Final warning!] We will spare you the writing-a-Yoda-piece-of-news-in-Yoda-speak jokes and just say that the Star Wars producers have plans to let the li'l 900-year-old green guy teach one more lesson. Sources told the New York Daily News in April that "the success of the scenes featuring Yoda in The Last Jedi were huge," and that "Yoda will again appear as a ghost as he acknowledges Rey's success and growth as a Jedi." Lucky her.
And Obi-Wan Kenobi?
We're not talking about that standalone Kenobi project, which, entered a weird state of purgatory thanks to Solo's poor box office performance when it was rumored to be a movie spinoff, and that is now confirmed to be in the works as a Disney+ live-action series. Rather, we're talking about whether Obi-Wan will appear in The Rise of Skywalker: In one of the more exciting Star Wars rumors in recent memory, Ewan McGregor, who will return to the Star Wars fold for the Disney+ series, may have suited up for Episode IX as well. "Ewan will secretly film for the next Star Wars movie," an unnamed source told British tabloid The Sun last year, which kind of automatically makes the "secret" part of that claim untrue, but hey, it's an unnamed source in a British tabloid. "Disney have been mulling over a stand-alone film for Obi-Wan. There have been concerns about getting the story right." Great Scot! (Truly.) That first quote has yet to be confirmed -- stay tuned -- but we don't blame you for being hopeful.
Two words: Force. Ghost. Although, yeah, two words that might not be worth much. Speaking to IGN about a Luke Episode IX reappearance, actor Mark Hamill cast his doubts. "People are saying, 'Are you going to be a Force Ghost in [Episode IX]?' I said, 'I really don't know. No one's really talked to me about it.' To me, I feel I had a beginning, middle and an end in the original trilogy. On [The Last Jedi], the first thing I said was, 'Can't we push my death to IX?' Because now I don't have a beginning, middle, and an end -- I have a beginning and an end." Give the guy another end!
And... Han Solo?
How dead is Han? Pretty dead, right? We think so, but you'd be surprised -- or maybe you wouldn't -- at how many theories exist to push his survival. Some fans believe he fell into a "time warp," others think he got shot into space where he somehow survived carbon-freezing, and... really, Harrison Ford just wants everyone to let the character be dead! Don't despair. No matter how dead Han might be, his dice will -- "wink wink" -- live on forever. And we do know that Darth Maul, who was similarly sliced in half in the first movie in another Star Wars trilogy, survived that ordeal, as he turned up in a surprise cameo in Solo.