Over the past few weeks, we’ve been treated to some cool new information about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now that its release is well out of the way, details regarding production, development, the script and casting have steadily seeped through the grapevine.
Indeed, a number of famous cameos have also been revealed. We had Daniel Craig as the Jedi mind-tricked Stormtrooper under Rey’s spell, while it was also revealed that Ewan McGregor returned to voice Obi-Wan Kenobi, albeit briefly. Now, it turns out that fan and movie director Kevin Smith also had the luxury of being part of the galaxy far, far away.
Stormtrooper (reacts to incoming Resistance fighters): “We have incoming at 28.6! Move!” So, there you have it, Smith got to voice one of the First Order Stormtroopers. Although it’s not a significant role by any stretch, he can always say that he contributed, in some form, to J.J. Abrams’ franchise-reviving epic.
To refresh your memory, Smith’s line of dialogue came during the battle at Maz Kanata’s (played by Lupita Nyong’o) castle on the planet of Takodana. While heroes Han Solo, Finn, Rey, and Chewbacca go there intending to get some intel from Maz, the First Order eventually finds their whereabouts and sends a small army of Stormtroopers and Kylo Ren himself to destroy the place, and retrieve BB-8.
Finn, Solo, and Chewie are about to be taken prisoner by The First Order, a call to the Resistance is successful and the X-Wing’s fly in to save the day. It is during this scene where Smith utters his line. It’s a moment he’ll savour for the rest of his life.
Other notable cameos include director J.J. Abrams’ father and Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd (Scream Queens). Abrams also decided to cast some of his frequent collaborators Greg Grunberg from Heroes and Lost alum Ken Leung. Finally, it was also revealed that comedian Bill Hader was a voice consultant for BB-8.