Rian Johnson has confirmed that frequent collaborator Joseph Gordon Levitt has a voice acting role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The film, which is both directed and written by Johnson, is regarded as one of the most anticipated films in the next several months as it will continue the current narrative trod by the sequel trilogy kick-started by J.J. Abrams's Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. The Last Jedi will see the return of beloved new characters like Rey, Poe and Finn, as well as the legendary Skywalker twins, Luke and Leia. The film also features a trio of newcomers making their Star Wars debuts: Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro, and Kelly Marie Tran, who play Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, DJ, and Rose in the movie.
Aside from The Last Jedi's main game players, the movie will also be chockful of cameos and short appearances from several other celebrities. John Boyega revealed last month that British Royals, Prince Harry, and William and English thespian Tom Hardy have filmed their parts, although he did not specify what roles the three will be playing. More recently, however, Johnson has made his own reveal, sharing that Gordon-Levitt does have a part in his upcoming directorial gig.
Speaking at an event in Tokyo, Japan while promoting The Last Jedi, Johnson has confirmed that the lead actor in his breakout film, Looper, has a voice acting gig in the Star Wars 8 (as well as address ongoing rumors about him directing Episode IX). In a report by Star Wars News Net citing Twitter account The Premiere Report's information, Gordon-Levitt apparently will lend his voice to one of the alien creatures in the upcoming film.
Gordon-Levitt's undisclosed role should be different from that of Simon Pegg's Unkar Plutt or Daniel Craig's and Michael Giacchino's stormtrooper parts in The Force Awakens, as it sounds like it was purely voice-acting. This means Gordon-Levitt probably did not have to be on set to don a costume or do motion-capture for his character. Given that the galaxy far, far away is known for introducing new creatures in their movies, it's difficult to pinpoint just what or who exactly he will be playing. Nevertheless, it will still be a fun Easter egg for fans.
Johnson and Gordon Levitt's working relationship goes all the way back to the former's first ever full-length directorial project, Brick from 2005, where the latter played the film's protagonist Brendan Frye. Since then, the 500 Days of Summer actor has appeared in every film that Johnson has ever directed including headlining in 2012's Looper, as well as, even just a small but rather a fun cameo in The Brothers Bloom and now, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Source: The Premiere Report [via Star Wars News Net]
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019