Earlier this month, Making Star Wars’ Corey Van Dyke tweeted that Tom Kane had recorded lines for five new Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes. A post from what seems to be Kane’s (unverified) Instagram page backs that up.
This is exciting to hear about, obviously, as it’s part of the production of the brand new season of The Clone Wars, which has been revived. Kane has played a significant role in the show, providing the voice of Grand Master Yoda, Admiral Wullf Yularen, and the narrator.
Kane also provided the voice for Yoda in the first Clone Wars show (the Genndy Tartakovsky version), and has voiced the character in subsequent media as well, including Forces of Destiny, LEGO Star Wars material, and the most recent Star Wars: Battlefront games. Additionally, Kane portrayed Admiral Ackbar in The Last Jedi, following the death of original actor Tim Rose following The Force Awakens.
As for these five new episodes for which Kane has apparently recorded lines, it unfortunately doesn’t tell us a whole lot due to the fact that he also voices the narrator. Because of that, one would expect that Kane will appear in every episode at least in that fashion, so he’ll likely have future projects for the twelve-episode series (unless Dave Filoni and company decide to go away from the narration format at the beginning of episodes). Additionally, the fact that he voices Admiral Yularen mean that he likely will have lines in at least some (if not all) of the Siege of Mandalore episodes. So it should definitely be noted that Kane’s work on the show goes beyond Grand Master Yoda.
But Yoda will certainly appear at least in some capacity in the new season. He could show up as a cameo role in the Siege of Mandalore, but beyond that it’s hard to tell. There were initially plans for a Kashyyyk arc with Yoda that would be pretty cool, but whether or not we’ll get to see that is impossible to tell right now.
Either way, I would guess that Kane will have more episodes to record lines for before The Clone Wars season seven is released, but it’s exciting to think about what he’s already recorded!