Actor Karl Urban has revealed that he had a secret cameo in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Speaking to Digital Spy, Urban confirmed he played a Stormtropper in the sci-fi film and did some voicework, and revealed how his involvement in the movie came to be.
“I had the good fortune to go and visit JJ Abrams while he was shooting The Rise of Skywalker. While I was there, he put me in a Stormtrooper uniform and we had a really fun day on set. It’s been one of my life-long goals to be a Stormtrooper, so I can tick that off now,” Urban said.
You can see Urban in his Stormtrooper costume in a scene on Kylo Ren’s ship. Urban also utters the line “Knights of Ren,” as Kylo Ren walks down a hallway past two Stromtroopers–Urban played one of them.
You can see Urban in his Stormtrooper outfit in the video below, at around 42 seconds.
Urban, who is known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings and the new Star Trek movies, is not the only big-name actor to have a cameo in Rise of Skywalker.
Singer Ed Sheeran also played a Stormtrooper, as did Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and The Beatles guitarist George Harrison’s son, Dhani Harrison. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda played a resistance fighter, while Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer played Rey’s mother.
Urban was the second Lord of the Rings cast member to appear in The Rise of Skywalker, joining Dominic Monaghan, who played a member of the resistance.
In other Star Wars news, Disney recently delayed the next Star Wars film projects, with the first of the new films now scheduled for December 2023.
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