Just like The Force Awakens before it,Star Wars: The Last Jedi is filled with blink-and-you’ll-miss-them celebrity cameos. In case you’re too busy gushing about how excellent the film is during the end credits to catch the names, here’s the list of celebs to keep an eye or ear out for during any of your Last Jedi viewings.
[Warning: If you’re on complete spoiler-watch for The Last Jedi, you may want to bookmark this story to refer back to after you’ve seen the film.]
First things first: While director Rian Johnson included several familiar names in the film during production, not all of them made it into the finished project.
Prince William and Prince Harry
The most notable of these are Prince William and Prince Harry, whom John Boyega (Finn) outed as hidden members of the cast in November. The brothers were set to play Stormtroopers, so fans of the royal family may not have been able to catch them regardless. But earlier this week, Boyega confirmed that neither royal actually appears in the theatrical cut.
“I did personally apologize to them yesterday and said, ‘Sorry you were cut out of the film,’” Boyega revealed on a British morning show, according to Newsweek. “Will was like, ‘I guess I just need to work more on the [acting] skill.’”
Tom Hardy and Gary Barlow
Tom Hardy of Inception fame and British pop star Gary Barlow joined William and Harry for costumed cameos. It’s likely that Hardy and Barlow were cut from the film too, as the foursome filmed their appearances together. But Comicbook suggests that Hardy and Barlow are still present during the scene in which Finn and Rose go undercover in order to break into Snoke’s ship.
And now, onto the lucky folks we can actually find in The Last Jedi.
Gary the dog
Gary regained public prominence last year after his owner, Carrie Fisher, passed away. Fisher and her pet were an item, with Gary garnering his own immense popularity that he ended up with his own Twitter account. In early December, Gary tweeted out his special The Last Jedi appearance. When Finn and Rose are in the Canto Bright casino, one of the gambling aliens can be seen in the background holding the recognizable pup.
Rian Johnson’s close friend gave us the heads up back in October that he would appear in The Last Jedi in some fashion. He tweeted that he was one of two actors who Johnson had worked with in each of his directorial projects, from Johnson’s debut picture Brick to 2012’s Looper, his last film before joining the Star Wars family.
The credits suggest that JGL plays a character named Slowen-Lo. (That’s a reference to a Beastie Boys song, “Slow And Low”; The Force Awakens also featured a Beastie Boys goof with the bit character Ello Asty.) Slowen-Lo is an alien whose voice can be heard when Finn and Rose are in the casino on Canto Bright. Big fans of the actor will have to listen closely to figure out which of the numerous creatures is him.
The other Johnson mainstay in the film, by the way, is Noah Segan. He took part in the gigantic space battle that opens up The Last Jedi; he’s behind the controls of one of the X-Wings.
Warwick Davis is remembered by Star Wars fans for his role as Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi. Since that film, however, he’s made small appearances in other Star Wars films. Those include a handful of roles in The Phantom Menace and a tiny part in The Force Awakens. The tradition continues in The Last Jedi, where he plays yet another Canto Bright regular; he confirmed his own role back in October 2016. (Next up for Davis: a turn in 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.)
Justin Theroux is very easy on the eyes, so it’s lucky for us that he actually gets a little bit of screen time. Known most recently for The Leftovers (and as Jennifer Aniston’s husband), Theroux makes a brief appearance in the casino as a hacker that Finn and Rose enlist for help. He’s wearing a red broach and a white tuxedo, as well as an uncharacteristic mustache. Otherwise, it’s definitely Justin — albeit we only get to spend a few seconds with him. (The British model Lily Cole also appears alongside him.)
The singer teased her own Star Wars cameo just before the film’s release. She can be seen as a member of the rebel forces, according to a pair of tweets. You can bet that Ellie Goulding superfans are scouring the film frantically to spot her, so we’ll update with more specific details when we find them.
Edgar Wright also revealed his own surprise The Last Jedi appearance a little early. The Star Wars superfan, whose Baby Driver was one of the year’s most entertaining, stylish action films, also plays a rebel soldier. His brother Oscar Wright joined him for the scene.
Johnson owed Edwards, the director of 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a favor. Johnson got to play a bit part in Rogue One, and this year, Edwards got to experience the same thrill of being in front of the camera in The Last Jedi. He’s a member of the resistance, and he can be seen hiding out in a trench during a late-film battle on the salty planet Crait, according to The Independent.
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