With Star Wars: The Force Awakens currently shattering box office records, it is easy to overlook some of the smaller details about the movie. Apart from the main cast and big star cameos, the film actually includes a number of different celebrity appearances. Whether it’s playing Stormtroopers or random fighter pilots, here are some of the top celebrity appearances you may have missed.
Warning: There are potentially some spoilers below. Proceed with caution!
According to Vanity Fair, Thomas Brodie-Sangster made an appearance in the movie as an officer for the First Order named Thanisson. Brodie-Sangster’s character was the one who alerted everyone that Poe and Finn were trying to leave in a TIE Fighter after Poe’s capture. The actor is known for his work in Love Actually, Game of Thrones, and Maze Runner.
Although he didn’t actually appear in the movie, Ewan McGregor did make it into the movie as the voice of a young Obi-Wan Kenobi. McGregor’s part came when Rey first touched Luke Skywalker’s old lightsaber, which induced a number of flashbacks.
“Rey… these are your first steps,” Obi-Wan is heard saying.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director J.J. Abrams discussed bringing McGregor in for the voice part.
“We asked Ewan McGregor to come in and do the line. And he was awesome and we were very grateful. He was incredibly sweet and handsome, and all that stuff. Then he rode off on his motorcycle. Literally the coolest voice over actor ever.”
Billie Lourd, meanwhile, made a showing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a fighter in the Resistance. For her part, Lourd was actually given a similar hairstyle that her mom, Carrie Fisher, donned in her part as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars films. Lourd is known for her recent work in Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens.
While she is easily recognized for her part in Game of Thrones, it was hard to pick out Jessica Henwick in her role as Jess Testor. This was mainly due to Henwick’s part, which kept her busy inside an X-Wing wearing a pilot helmet. Even still, her character helped Poe out with his maneuvers.
Speaking of Game of Thrones stars, the movie actually included a large number of actors from the hit series. In addition to Henwick and Brodie-Sangster, other Westeros stars who appeared in Star Wars included the likes of Max Von Sydow, Miltos Yerolemou, Syrio Forel, and Emun Elliott.
Meanwhile, in confirmation of an earlier report, Daniel Craig did play the part of a Stormtrooper in the film. Interestingly, Craig is the one that takes off Rey’s restraints when she is being held captive by Kylo Ren. Apparently, being James Bond isn’t good enough to thwart a Jedi mind trick.
In case fans were wondering who voiced the droid BB-8 in the film, they can credit both Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz. Although Hader admitted that he gave the droid a human-sounding voice at first, it proved to be too weird for BB-8.
While it was no secret that Greg Grunberg would be in the film playing a Resistance fighter named Snap Wexley, it is interesting to note that the actor has a long history with Abrams. In fact, the two have teamed up in a number of different projects together, including Alias, Felicity, Heroes, Mission Impossible III, and Lost.
Given the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its obvious sequel potential, it still isn’t known how many of these celebrities will appear in the next few films in the hit franchise. Considering Abrams’ love for incorporating a lot of different celebrities in his movies, it is safe to say that some of these actors will return while another round of new cameos is likely to take place.
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