13 Force Awakens Cameos You Might Have Missed
Star Wars is a huge world with a lot of people in it, and as you know if you’ve already seen The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams’ return to the franchise really upped the scale—and with a lot of very familiar faces, too. Who else got totally distracted at least once when they saw somebody they recognized from a completely different TV series of movie?
Well, be distracted no more, because we had our eyes open for as many cameos we could and are going to help you remember just where you knew that First Order officer or that Resistance pilot from—and maybe a few you didn’t even notice or know about. Guess you’ll just have to watch the movie eight more times until you can spot ’em all, right?
— Thomas SangsterDaily (@SangsterDaily) December 18, 2015
As if he hasn’t been in enough beloved franchises already what with his roles in Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, The Maze Runner, Phineas and Ferb, and more, now he’s gotta show up in our Star Wars all takin’ orders from General Hux.
Speaking of which, Sangster isn’t the only regular Game of Thrones alum to appear briefly—so does Nymeria Sand herself! Henwick played Jess Testor, a Resistance pilot under Poe Dameron’s command.
Yup, Carrie Fisher’s daughter is herself a member of the Resistance! She didn’t have any lines as “Lieutenant Connix,” but she sure had great hair.
Per /Film, the notable Radiohead producer played a Stormtrooper, though we don’t know which one.
Also according to /Film, the stormtrooper that delivered Poe Dameron to Kylo Ren was Michael Giacchino, a film, TV and video game composer who’s worked with J.J. Abrams on a number of projects. Could his Stormtrooper name, FN-3181, be a jumbled-up reference to George Lucas’ first film THX-1138?
Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz
Two of comedy’s biggest adorable doofballs got the chance to be “voice consultants” for BB-8, which according to Hitfix consisted of making noises into an iPad. Clearly it paid off.
— RT (@greedo737) December 5, 2015
J.J. Abrams and Grunberg have been friends since they were kids, so of course he was going to find his way into this movie somehow. And he certainly has the best “Star Wars” name of all time: Snap Wexley. And look, there’s even a toy of him!
We knew Pegg would be in the film already—he did appear in the behind-the-scenes-footage shown at Comic-Con, after all—but his turn as the Unkar Plutt, the jerky alien scavenger boss who keeps shorting Rey on food was pretty exceptional.
Did Dr. Kalonia, the lady who tended to Chewbacca’s wounds at the resistance base, look familiar? That’s because she’s Lady Shackleton from Downton Abbey.
Is it odd that I could tell this was the actor Ken Leung (Miles in LOST) in the background of this Star Wars photo? pic.twitter.com/lXQe37JLHQ
— Joe (@4545creative) November 16, 2015
You know the distinguished looking Asian guy who helped Leia lead the Resistance? Totally Miles from Lost.
Yayan Ruhian and Iko Uwais
Tasu Leech and the rest of the Kanjuklub—AKA, one of the gangs who’s mad at Han Solo—are the guys who created The Raid and The Raid 2, two of the most awesome, intense, and important martial arts movies of the last decade. Too bad they didn’t get to show off their skills because they were being eaten by Rathtars.
Okay, so you didn’t see the guy who wrote, directed, and currently stars as Hamilton on Broadway, but you definitely heard him—both he and J.J. Abrams are singing vocals on the song you hear when the team enters Maz Kanata’s establishment.
Daniel Craig made headlines when he visited the set of The Force Awakens, and then when he vehemently denied that he was in the movie after Simon Pegg suggested he was. But according to The Daily Mail, he did have a role—as the Stormtrooper that Rey practices Jedi Mind Tricks on in order to escape. You hear that? Rey’s so badass she can even mess with James Bond.