Now that Stars Wars: The Last Jedi has been released, all the secrets are coming out. I’m not talking about plot reveals or anything like that, but all the Easter eggs and secret cameos. Star Wars is such an integral part of pop culture and has become so iconic that anytime a new film is being made, everyone wants to be involved in one way or another. J.J. Abrams graciously allowed several celebrities to have bit parts and secret cameos in The Force Awakens to satisfy some childhood dreams and Rian Johnson was no different. His film, The Last Jedi, features tons of secret cameos. Now, if you haven’t seen the film yet, it’s safe to say there might be spoilers ahead. Prepare yourself accordingly!
Since Nina Gold is casting these new Star Wars film, as well as HBO’s Game of Thrones, you kind of expect to see tons of GoT alumni fill the character ranks. Like in The Force Awakens, viewers were not disappointed. Thrones fans no doubt caught sight of Kate Dickie (Lysa Arryn), Ralph Ineson (Dagmer), Patrick O’Kane (Jagen), and Amira Ghazalla (Dothraki crone) as First Order officers. There was also Mark Lewis (Shagga) as Captain Canady, the commander of the fierce First Order dreadnought. But those are just the ones that stood out. There are tons of surprises in there that you probably missed, and could possibly return for J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX. Join us as we go through some of best, 15 celebrity cameos you might have missed in The Last Jedi.
15 Justin Theroux
In order to help them infiltrate Snoke’s ship, Maz Kanata send Finn and Rose to track down the master codebreaker who they’ll find gambling on the casino floor at Canto Bight. Once they make their way inside they catch sight of the high roller but are quickly apprehended by security for a parking violation, and sent to casino jail. Though it’s a pretty significant close-up, you would be forgiven if you didn’t recognize that master codebreaker, in a white tuxedo, as none other than Mr. Jennifer Aniston himself, Justin Theroux, star of the HBO series The Leftovers. Kanata even implies that she might have had a dalliance of sorts with the debonair high roller. He only gets a short amount of screen time but maybe we’ll get to see more of him in future films. Bonus points if you recognize the lovely lady at his side. It’s none other than model and actress Lily Cole, appearing as Lovey, the codebreaker’s mysterious protégé and companion.
14 Ellie Goulding
British pop star Ellie Goulding has never been in a film before, so she can hardly be blamed for going to Twitter to exclaim her glee. Goulding teased her cameo in The Last Jedi with a couple of tweets where she publicly hoped her scenes didn’t get edited out of the film. We’ll have to watch a few more times but we’re pretty sure you can catch the songstress as one of the Resistance fighters during the battle on Crait. Though she didn’t expand on just what her role was, Goulding did say she spent a day shooting the cameo. But as she hasn’t seen the film, she’s unsure if her scene was cut from the final product. We are crossing our fingers for her!
13 Joseph Gordon-Levitt
This actor and Noah Segan have both appeared in every one of Rian Johnson’s films. The other actor is none other than Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Johnson got his start with the film Brick, starring Gordon-Levitt. Maybe it’s for luck, but he’s cast him in every film since. So, yes, the Inception (2010) and Looper (2012) star makes an unrecognizable cameo as Slowen-Lo, laying on a thick southern accent as the alien who rats out Finn and Rose to security on Canto Bight. The character’s name is a reference to the Beastie Boys’ song “Slow and Low.” The Force Awakens also featured a Resistance fighter pilot named Ello Asty, named in honor of the 1998 album, Hello Nasty, by one of J.J. Abrams’ favorite groups, The Beastie Boys. With Abrams back directing, can we expect the surviving Beastie Boys to make a cameo in Episode IX?
12 Mark Hamill In A Second Role
Yes, I know Hamill is Luke Skywalker, how can he be a cameo? But his appearance in the film was so nice, Rian Johnson made it twice! You might be aware that Mark Hamill has made himself quite the career as a voice actor. He specifically requested Rian Johnson to allow him to take on a second role as a voice actor. You wouldn’t know it, but if you check the end credits, you’ll see he had a secret role as the character of Dobbu Scay. Lucasfilm Story Group honcho Pablo Hidalgo revealed that Dobbu Scay is the diminutive alien patron in the Canto Bight casino intent on playing BB-8 like a slot machine. Hidalgo also is the one who came up with character’s name as an anagram for Lucasfilm editor Bob Ducsay.
11 Tom Hardy
The story goes that Tom Hardy got himself a great cameo in The Last Jedi, but, unfortunately, it’s one we’re going to have to wait until the Blu-ray to verify (hopefully). You see, it ended up on the cutting room floor, excised during the editing process. Hardy reportedly appeared as a First Order Stormtrooper who ends up in an elevator with Finn and Rose after the duo infiltrate Snoke’s Star Destroyer. Finn is disguised in a First Order officer’s uniform, but Hardy’s trooper recognizes him and is shocked that his old buddy is now an officer. The scene would’ve played out with the trooper eyeballin’ Finn, who, in character, asks the trooper if there’s a problem. Hardy’s trooper, in a southern accent, replies, “I know who you are… FN2187! Damn boy, I never took you for officer material!” Apparently the pair grew up together, with Hardy’s trooper unaware that Finn betrayed the First Order and aligned with the Resistance. Like I said earlier, hopefully we’ll get to see the deleted scene on the Blu-ray release.
10 Prince William And Prince Harry
Back in April 2016, Prince William and Prince Harry, on an official tour, visited the Pinewood Studio’s film set of The Last Jedi. As big sci-fi fans, it is rumored that both were given secret cameos in the film. The pair is hidden underneath First Order Stormtrooper armor. It has been reported that they appeared as a pair of background Stormtroopers in a cut elevator scene. This elevator scene would’ve had the pair guarding Finn and Rose, alongside another cameo by British pop legend Gary Barlow. John Boyega, who portrays Finn, confirms the scene was cut but seems to acknowledge that it was the Royal duo in the scene. Kensington Palace has refused to confirm or deny if the princes even shot said scene. Rumor has it that since both princes stand well over 6 feet tall, they would have stood out against the regulation Stormtrooper height of 5 feet 11 inches.
9 Mark Hamill's Children
Hamill’s three children, Nathan, Chelsea, and Griffin, all make cameo appearances as Resistance fighters on Crait being ordered around by Poe Dameron inside the hangar. Nathan Hamill also had the distinction of making an appearance in The Phantom Menace in 1999. Mark Hamill’s eldest son had an uncredited role as a pod race spectator, and then later as a Naboo palace guard. Star Wars is in his blood as he was actually born in London, while his father was filming The Empire Strikes Back (1980), with his father having to go straight to the film set from the hospital after his birth. He currently makes his living as a writer and artist. After the decimation of the Resistance in this film, seeing as these guys’ characters survived, maybe they’ll get to reprise their roles in the next film?
8 Some Very Famous Voices
Hiding celebrity cameos and shoehorning in some famous voices is becoming a thing with this new batch of Star Wars films. As with The Force Awakens, this new film features some actors who might not be household names, but the characters they are known for could be. The Last Jedi features Matthew Wood, Sam Witwer, and Michael Giacchino, credited as “additional voices.” You might remember Wood as the voice of General Grievous in the Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) (his day job is as the supervising sound editor at Lucasfilm), while Witwer is the voice of the popular overpowered Force-user Starkiller in the video games Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008) and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 (2010). Giacchino is an Academy Award-winning composer famous for his music in Up (2009), and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). This group of distinguished voices can be heard as the non-distinct whispers luring Rey to the Jedi tree.
7 Frank Oz
This is not quite a cameo, as he’s forever known as the voice of Yoda. However, the fact that Frank Oz has remained the voice and chose to reprise it again twelve years after Yoda’s last film appearance is nothing short of remarkable. With the original trilogy cast getting on in years, some of them have had to step away from the roles that made them famous, like David Prowse and Peter Mayhew, while others have passed like Kenny Baker and Carrie Fisher. It’s amazing that Oz has persevered with voicing a character that millions have grown to love over the past thirty-seven years. Yoda’s surprise cameo, with Oz in character no less, was a welcome addition to this film. Yoda’s appearance in the film was a tightly-held secret and Oz had to keep mum for over a year. Mark Hamill might have let the secret out for some quick-minded Twitter followers when he alluded to a spoiler when Oz was walking the red carpet during the premiere.
6 Andrew Jack
You might not know his name but you know his work. Andrew Jack is a noted dialect coach for Lucasfilm. He’s worked with Hugh Jackman, Karen Gillan, Brian Cox, and Chris Hemsworth, to name a few, on films like Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), these last three Star Wars films, and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War (2018). Incredibly, he has no lines in his appearance in not only The Last Jedi, but also in The Force Awakens. In this film he portrays General Ematt. Still don’t know who he is? You’ll recognize the scene. He’s the tall, bold soldier that strides out of the trench alone onto the salty plains of Crait, to get a better look at his adversaries.
5 Noah Segan
Noah Segan is one of two actors who have appeared in every one of Rian Johnson’s films, namely Brick (2005), The Brothers Bloom (2008), and Looper (2012). He even appeared in an episode of Breaking Bad that was directed by Johnson. Fans were undoubtedly waiting for him to turn up and they were not disappointed. In The Last Jedi, Segan portrays Stomeroni Starck, an X-Wing fighter pilot. He can be seen in the hangar of Leia’s Resistance cruiser, riding on a motorized cart, after Poe returns from the destruction of the dreadnought. He can be seen again, knocking on the glass cockpit of his X-wing, just before he and most of his fellow pilots are blown up during Kylo Ren’s attack on the cruiser. It’s great that Rian Johnson continues to use actors who have been with him since his start.
4 Warwick Davis
Warwick Davis has become something of a cameo mainstay in the Star Wars movies. Ever since his charming debut as Wickett the Ewok who befriends Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi, Davis has turned up in most of the newer Star Wars films, including The Phantom Menace (1999), The Force Awakens (2015), Rogue One (2016), and he’s already been cast in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). In The Last Jedi he can be seen as one of the alien gambling patrons in the casino on Canto Bight. His character is named Wodibin, who appears with his partners-in-crime Thodibin and Dodibin, comprising the so-called “Winning Three.” These amphibian-like aliens are called that due to their ability to remain uncannily lucky. Looks like Lucasfilm writes entire backstories, even for characters who are only seen briefly!
3 Gareth Edwards
When he was shooting Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), director Gareth Edwards gave Rian Johnson a cameo as a welcome into the Star Wars franchise family. Both Rian Johnson and his producer Ram Bergman appear briefly in Rogue One as the two-man Death Star gunner crew. Now with The Last Jedi, Johnson returned the favor and gave Edwards a cameo in his film. You can spot Edwards in the battle trench on Crait as a Resistance fighter. He can be seen to the left of the Resistance soldier who takes note of the footprints leaving red marks, and then after tasting it (I don’t if I would’ve done that) points out that the planet’s surface is made up of salt.
2 Edgar Wright
Though many would like to, not every noted director can get tapped to make a Star Wars movie. Edgar Wright is indeed known for directing some great films, like Shaun of the Dead (2004), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), and most recently Baby Driver (2017). Like others, I’m sure he’d probably like to be known for directing a great Star Wars movie! Unfortunately, for this round, he had to settle for a cameo in The Last Jedi. He can be spotted as a Resistance soldier in the final battle on Crait alongside his older brother, Oscar, as well as frequent collaborator and fellow director, writer Joe Cornish. Wright even posted a photo of his motley Resistance crew in costume on Twitter.
1 Gary Fisher
The late Carrie Fisher’s French bulldog, Gary Fisher, has accrued quite a following. He has over a hundred thousand Twitter followers. Sadly, he’s been without his mother for nearly a year. He was living with Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, but now has taken up permanent residence with Carrie Fisher’s former assistant, Corby McCoin. McCoin took Gary to the Los Angeles premiere of The Last Jedi and he, perched on her lap, would reportedly perk up every time Carrie would appear on screen. Before her passing, Fisher would famously bring Gary everywhere she went: film sets, red carpets, interviews, you name it. Rian Johnson even gave Gary his own cameo. Gary appears in the background, albeit in a little bit of makeup and costume, being carried as the pet of a gambler in the casino on Canto Bight.
Sources: vanityfair.com, imdb.com, comicbookmovie.com, thedailybeast.com
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