Star Wars movies have become a pretty handy vehicle for featuring pretty awesome cameo appearances – both by those involved with the film's production and some genuinely famous actors having brief on-screen moments.
The world collectively lost its proverbial mind when it was realized that James Bond appeared as a Stormtrooper in The Force Awakens, so what has happened in that regard with Rogue One? Let's take a look.
List of Rogue One Cameo Appearances
- Warwick Davis has yet another turn at a cameo in a Star Wars movie. He plays Weeteef Cyubee, a soldier in Saw Gerrera's team. His role means he has played countless different characters in nine Star Wars films.
- Alan Tudyk obviously plays Enforcer Robot, K-250. He filmed a small cameo as a pilot called Wray Nerely but it was cut out. So no “leaf on the wind” moment for him!
- Ben Nathaniels, well known for The Exorcist and House of Cards, has a small but pivotal role as General Merrick, the salty old soldier who leads an X-Wing Squadron.
- Taking a leaf from Alfred Hitchcock's playbook, director Gareth Edwards makes a secret costumed cameo.
- We think this might be stretching things a little but Jimmy Smits returns as Bail Organa. Smits played the role in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Bringing the prequel character back is a wink and a nod of sorts so arguably is a cameo due to the small amount of screen time.
- Ingvild Deila briefly plays Princess Leia at the end of the movie. She says a single line, “what is it they've sent us? Hope.”
- Mon Mothma makes a return. Originally her first appearance was in Return of the Jedi but scenes for Revenge of the Sith were recorded and left on the cutting room floor.
- Moff Tarkin is brought back via some hokey CGI. Looking like he had been embalmed in some manner, Tarkin has a fairly large role that showed just how much control he had in the Empire. Tarkin also had a CGI cameo role in Revenge of the Sith which now means the character has appeared in three Star Wars movies.
- Gold and Red leaders from A New Hope are brought back using footage filmed for the first Star Wars installment. Also, you may have learned that some female X-Wing and A-wing pilots were filmed for Return of the Jedi's Battle of Endor attack on the Death Star but never used. Those pilots were added to Rogue One's Battle of Scariff, meaning Poppy Hands and Vivienne Chandler finally got their due. It's a small Easter egg but Blue Squad's appearance is a nod to the fact that, in the novelization of A New Hope, Red squadron is actually Blue. This is because the book was finished and ready to publish before the movie was finished.
- C3-PO and his blue and white friend R2-D2 are seen briefly on the secret Rebel base on Yavin 4. C3-PO complains they were not informed about traveling to Scarrif. Anthony Daniels plays C3-PO for the ninth time in a Star Wars movie.
- Jyn Erso literally bumps into Doctor Evazan and Ponda Baba in the streets of Jedha. You might recall those two murders bumping into Luke in the Cantina scene of A New Hope.
And now on to the cameo roles of The Last Jedi!