Writer/director Edgar Wright has confirmed his cameo appearance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Hollywood has a long tradition of sneaking popular actors and other creators into movies in cameo roles. Sometimes this is done for humorous effect, such as Ryan Reynolds' non-speaking role as the boyfriend of Patrick Warburton's character in the movie Ted. Other times it is done as a personal in-joke, such as Alfred Hitchcock's cameos in the films which he directed.
That tradition is firmly in place in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Eagle-eyed fans spotted model/actress Lily Cole as one of the wealthy patrons of the casino on Canto Bight. Joseph Gordon-Levitt - who has appeared in every film by Last Jedi director Rian Johnson to date - lent his voice to an alien creature called an Abednedo, who goes by the name Slowen-Lo. Even Mark Hamill, who is almost as famous these days for his work as a voice actor as he is for portraying Luke Skywalker, did a vocal cameo, lending his voice to Dobbu Scay - the alien gambler who mistakes BB-8 for a mobile slot-machine!
There are a number of similar cameos to look out for in The Last Jedi and one more was confirmed this morning. Writer and director Edgar Wright, who was rumored to have a cameo role the latest Star Wars movie, posted this behind-the-scenes picture to his Twitter account.
The photograph shows Edgar Wright in the uniform of a Resistance soldier. The picture also depicts three other members of the Resistance. One of these is Oscar Wright - Edgar's older brother - who was a storyboard artist on several of Wright's films, in addition to having worked on Wonder Woman and the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story. The photograph also shows writer/director Joe Cornish (also known for his work co-writing Ant Man with Edgar Wright) and Wright's personal assistant, Leo Thompson, who also played the role of Felicity in Wright's film The World's End.
A fan-favorite writer and director, Edgar Wright first achieved prominence with his Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013). Each of the three films famously parodied Wright's favorite genres - horror, action and disaster movies - respectively. Wright has also long been a frequent collaborator of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, going back to their days working together on the TV series Spaced. The filmmaker's most recent project, this past summer's Baby Driver, was a critical hit, scoring a 93% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019