Lift a glass and toast to those poor “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” folks. Stuck in the middle of a never-ending junket, forced to answer constant questions about the ‘Star Wars’ universe and watching controversies and counter-controversies spawn from every misspoken phrase – it’s a lot. More often than not, the most the cast and crew can hope for is to skate through these interviews unscathed, offering a handful of answers that barely move the needle. But now and then – every now and then – an actual piece of real information slips through, and that makes the entire interview/junket scenario worthwhile.

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(For us, at least. Probably not for them.)

Case in point: over the past few days, two interviews – one with director J.J. Abrams and another with co-writer Chris Terrio – have hinted at the return of a few fan-favorite characters. In a recent interview with Japanese entertainment site Sora News 24, Abrams dropped a little hint that Ahsoka Tano would have a small appearance in the film. “Ahsoka, huh? Well then you’ll probably want to watch closely during ‘The Rise of Skywalker,” Abrams said. Rumors of Ahsoka’s return have floated around the internet for months, but hearing these words emerge from Abrams’ vocal mystery box does indicate that fans of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” may get to see one of their favorite characters officially enter the live-action fold.

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Meanwhile, in an interview with Uproxx, Terrio… well, he neither confirmed nor denied the presence of Wedge Antilles in the script, but that in itself is a tacit acknowledgment, right? “I cannot answer that,” Terrio said when asked about Wedge’s presence in the script. “Although, I’d love to speak to you after the film comes out about that very question.” Back in 2014, when actor Denis Lawson was asked about re-appearing in the ‘Star Wars’ sequels, he admitted that he had been approached but that “it just would have bored me.” Is it possible that they’ve convinced Lawson to reprise the character after all? If Terrio knows, he’s not saying.