Star Wars: The Last Jedi star John Boyega reveals Prince William and Prince Harry's cameos as Stormtroopers were cut from Rian Johnson's film. The sprawling space saga that kicked off with George Lucas' Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977 gets a new installment this week with the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Directed by Rian Johnson, the film continues the story of the latest trilogy, which started in J.J. Abrams' franchise reviver Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As was the case when The Force Awakens hit theaters, The Last Jedi is highly anticipated not just by diehard Star Wars fans, but casual moviegoers around the world as well.
Of course, there are many well known public figures who count themselves as fans of Star Wars, and some have been able to land cameo roles in The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and The Last Jedi. Among those confirmed, Britain's Prince William and Prince Harry filmed cameos for The Last Jedi as Stormtroopers. However, it seems those cameos have since been left on the cutting room floor.
During an interview on ITV's This Morning, John Boyega, who plays defected Stormtrooper and Resistance hero Finn, confirmed the princes filmed cameos for The Last Jedi but that they were cut from the film. Boyega said, "They cut it out of the film." The actor went on to reveal he apologized to Prince William and Prince Harry at the London premiere of The Last Jedi, saying, "I did personally apologize to them yesterday and said, 'Sorry you were cut out of the film.' Will was like, 'I probably just need to work more on the skill.'"
Of course, now it makes sense why Johnson refused to confirm the princes' cameos in The Last Jedi, since it's likely he knew there was a possibility the scene would be left on the cutting room floor. Still, there are plenty of other cameos to be on the lookout for during The Last Jedi, including Rogue One director Gareth Edwards, actors Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and English singer Gary Barlow. Plus, there's sure to be even more cameos spotted in The Last Jedi by eagle-eyed fans once the movie finally hits theaters.
As for whether this latest installment of the Star Wars franchise will be a success, reviews of The Last Jedi have been largely positive, with the movie already scoring a Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Plus, AMC has added extra screenings on opening night to accommodate for all the fans wanting to see The Last Jedi as early as possible. Though the Star Wars film's box office may not break as many records as The Force Awakens, it's sure to be another massive success for Lucasfilm and Disney. So, as the popularity of Star Wars grows even more, there's sure to be another round of cameos to spot in upcoming films Solo: A Star Wars Story and Abrams' Star Wars: Episode IX.
Source: ITV This Morning [via Newsweek]
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