Slowly but surely, all the cameos present in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens are getting confirmed. Ever since the film hit theaters, there were rumors flying around that Daniel Craig played the role of the Stormtrooper who Rey mind-controlled aboard Starkiller Bse.
Craig originally declined his involvement, despite sources saying otherwise, and now it sounds like the man is admitting to it. While on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Craig admitted to his role in the film, and even went to far as to delve into how it came about.
Here’s what Craig had to say:
“Most of the Star Wars films are shot at Pinewood Studios, where we shoot the Bonds. Most of the crew on [Star Wars] were working on the Bond, which was happening straight afterwards. Ben Dixon, who was second AD, who I’ve known and worked with for a long time, is my liaison on set, and he was working on Star Wars, and I had some meetings with him. I said, ‘How’s it going?’ He said, ‘Fantastic, the movie’s wonderful, J.J.’s amazing, it’s going to be great.’ And I said, ‘Can I be in it?’ And he said, ‘Are you serious?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m serious.’ And so he went away, and spoke to J.J., and said ‘We’re shooting a Stormtrooper scene this Friday, do you want to do it?’”
It was as simple as that. Craig’s scene in the film was a funny and memorable one, and while his role in it isn’t super obvious, it’s always been a fun little Easter egg. While it’d always been all but confirmed that he was involved in the film, it’s nice that the cat’s officially out of the bag, no matter how small of a cat it truly is.
Star Wars is one of those franchises that every actor under the sun wants to be in at some point or another, be it in a small side role or invisible extra role, and we already know that the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi will have a few actor surprises of its own.