[This post contains SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Force Awakens]
After a wait that felt longer than it actually was, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally out, and while almost every Star Wars fan vowed to not publish spoilers anywhere to ensure everyone enjoys the movie as they should, some details have started to surface.
J.J. Abrams’ adventure in the universe created by George Lucas has been an opportunity for many in multiple ways. Disney’s partner brands bombarded the audience with various promotional objects, the biggest studios wanted their trailers to show before the movie, and many actors, actresses, and even musicians wanted to take part in this highly anticipated movie. Only a few got even a small part in The Force Awakens, and these names have now been revealed.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has some interesting cameos from actors and musicians. Some of them had already been teased or revealed even before the movie was released, and some others were truly unexpected.
First, a cameo that was shared on the behind-the-scenes video shown at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con: Simon Pegg. His character required having his face covered and that he wear a big, heavy costume, so don’t worry if you couldn’t spot him. Pegg played Unkar Plutt, the alien who ran the trading post on Jakku and who wanted to buy BB-8 from Rey. Simon Pegg can not also presume he was part of two of the biggest franchises (Star Trek and Star Wars) but he can also say he owned the Millennium Falcon for a while.
Daniel Craig’s cameo was revealed months ago when Simon Pegg let it slip, but now that the movie is out, we know who played: a stormtrooper. But not just any stormtrooper: the one Rey uses the Force on and eventually manages to persuade to set her free. Now we understand why he was defensive when asked about his possible cameo: it was too good to be revealed beforehand.
Abrams’ longtime collaborator, composer Michael Giacchino, didn’t work on the movie’s score but he did have a part in it as a stormtrooper – specifically stormtrooper FN-3181, the one that brings Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) to Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) at the Starkiller Base.
Radiohead’s producer Nigel Godrich is credited as stormtrooper FN-9330, though it is unknown if he can be recognizable among the rest. Godrich got this part thanks to director Edgar Wright, as he was the music producer on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Wright owed him a favor. If only every favor could be paid like this.
Warwick Davis, best remembered in the Star Wars universe as Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi, is credited as a character named Wollivan. Sadly, it is unknown what this character looks like, so we can’t easily spot it for you. As Movies points out, Wollivan could be one of the aliens in Maz Kanata’s castle.
Lastly, a cameo no one was expecting but we are pleased to know: Bill Hader as the voice of BB8. The SNL alum is the human component behind the very expressive sounds of everyone’s new favorite droid. Although this particular participation was revealed a day before the movie was released, it still a nice surprise that there was a “Vocal Consultant” for this new droid and that it was an actor well-known for his comedic skills.
Now that there’s a list of cameos from The Force Awakens – and only the ones that have been spotted so far, as there could be many more – rewatching the movie will be more interesting and fun. As for these gentlemen, they now have a very fun addition to their resumes.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is now in theaters, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.