Everyone wants to be involved with Star Wars, and we're not just talking about the insane amount of third party companies licensing the brand for their toys, ice cream flavors or bags of oranges. We're talking about Hollywood stars. After all, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens is the most anticipated film ever made.
Since director and co-writer J.J. Abrams is always loyal to his friends, long-time colleagues and his crew, Simon Pegg got a little role as an alien in The Force Awakens, Oscar Isaac's super-fan uncle has a cameo, and even James Bond is in the movie. Wait, what?
Way back in May, at the London premiere for Man Up, Simon Pegg let it slip that Daniel Craig was playing a Stormtrooper in Star Wars 7 before following up with "I shouldn't have said that." It wasn't too much of a surprise at the time given the rumors leading up to this moment that Craig had asked for a small part. It was relatively easy to make happen too since Star Wars 7 was shooting at London's Pinewood Studios, where Spectre was being made as well.
In July, Craig vehemently denied this was true to EW, asking "Why would I ever bother doing something like that? F—ing hell! Pffft. Play an extra in another movie?" He followed it up by taking a jab at Pegg:
“Talk to Simon Pegg. He obviously knows way more than I do. He’s just jealous because he’s not in Star Wars. He’s got some issue with J.J. I don’t know what the f— it is. You need to talk to Simon about it.”
Does this all sound too crass? Perhaps too exaggerated? Probably because it is. Craig was just playing along and EW has the scoop from inside sources on what cameo Craig actually does have in Episode VII. And yes, it is a Stormtrooper role.
*Warning: Star Wars 7 Plot Spoilers Ahead.*
You’ve been warned.
We won't explain the full scene as to avoid major spoilers (we'll have separate posts for Star Wars spoiler discussions) but during the course of Episode VII, Rey (Daisy Ridley) finds herself in a tight spot and attempts to convince a Stormtrooper guard to help set her free. Needless to say, her plan doesn't play out quite as smooth as Obi-Wan Kenobi's "These aren't the Droids your looking for" persuasion skills from Episode IV - A New Hope.
The Stormtrooper has some threatening and humorous banter with Rey as the sequence plays out and it's this very masked character that Daniel Craig is reportedly playing. His face is never visible beneath the helmet. Still, it's a great footnote for Daniel Craig's resume and a memorable cameo.
The film is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.
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.
Sources: Details Magazine, EW
Stormtrooper art by Pixologic