'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Cameo List Includes Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Warwick Davis, Obi-Wan, Yoda and More

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Cameo List Includes Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Warwick Davis, Obi-Wan, Yoda and More

Dec 18, 2015

Star Wars is the perfect movie franchise in which to hide celebrity cameos. Its intergalactic world is filled with aliens and droids and people wearing masks, making it very easy to hide someone in plain sight. Naturally J.J. Abrams used this to sneak quite a few people in to The Force Awakens. So here's a list of the cameos we know about so far.

 

Note: some of these cameos may be considered spoilers. Read at your own risk.

 

Daniel Craig

A rumor slipped out months ago that Daniel Craig had a cameo in The Force Awakens, but when asked about it the James Bond actor got rather defensive, questioning why an actor like himself would bother being an extra in someone else's movie. Turns out he's just, well, a good actor. He is totally in the movie, and in possibly the biggest cameo spot to boot.

According to those who have now opened up about it, Craig plays the Stormtrooper that Rey uses the Force on, convincing him to remove her constraints and open the cell door. It's a fun callback moment to A New Hope and we absolutely get why Craig wouldn't want people to know about it ahead of time.

 

Simon Pegg

Unlike Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg's cameo wasn't nearly as secretive. The actor had already confirmed that he would be popping in his Star Trek director's new movie, and he even showed up briefly in some of the marketing materials with his character's mask removed. If you don't recognize the picture at the top of this post, that's the alien who ran the trading post on Jakku.

Michael Giacchino

The Force Awakens is the first of J.J. Abrams' movies that wasn't scored by Michael Giacchino. That didn't stop the composer from having worked on the movie, though. According to Slashfilm, Giacchino plays Stormtrooper FN-3181, who can be seen delivering Poe Dameron to Kylo Ren aboard the Starkiller Base.

 

Warwick Davis

This is one of those cameos we know exists but that we admittedly haven't discovered yet. Warwick Davis, who played the Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi, is in the closing credits having played a character named Wollivan. The trouble is we don't know who Wollivan is yet. Maybe he's one of the Jakku natives that hassles Rey in the marketplace. Or maybe he's one of the aliens in Maz Kanata's castle. Either way, here's a picture of Davis looking at some alien, perhaps who he'll be playing, on set.

Nigel Godrich

For movie fans Nigel Godrich may be the least recognizable name on this list, so if you don't know him he's best known for being Radiohead's producer. Apparently Edgar Wright owed Godrich, who was the music producer on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a favor and repaid him by asking J.J. Abrams to put him in the movie as a Stormtrooper FN-9330.

 

Bill Hader

You might think that BB-8's voice is 100% the work of computers, but there is a human component and it comes from a very surprising place: Bill Hader. The funnyman shows up in the credits as "BB-8 Vocal Consultant," which apparently means making funny noises while J.J. Abrams records you on an iPad

 

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda

These two don't exactly count as a celebrity cameo, but they are certainly a surprise. When Rey picks up Luke's lightsaber, she's hit with a wave of visions and sounds. Mixed in those sights and sounds are new dialogue. Ewan McGregor recorded Obi-Wan Kenobi saying "Rey ... these are your first steps" and they mixed it with old recordings of Alec Guinness, so that both versions of Obi-Wan would be speaking to her through the force. Frank Oz, who voiced Yoda, even recorded some new lines, but they ended up using some older Yoda dialogue as well.

 

 

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