The Hollywood legend reveals he was a secret Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
Star Wars these days is all about cameos. A cameo for those unfamiliar with the term is a brief and often overlooked appearance of a certain actor in a background role that is either so innocuous that you wouldn’t catch it or so in the background and blink- and you missed it. Daniel Craig had a slightly more extended role in The Force Awakens than what a normal cameo is but his face was covered and well, he’s Daniel Craig! It’s been almost 8 months since The Rise of Skywalker premiered and actor Karl Urban has revealed that he had a stormtrooper cameo in the movie as well. The New Zealand native has appeared in numerous movie franchises such as Star Trek (the modern ones), Riddick, Thor Ragnarok, and Dredd. His break out role was in the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess and has recently been seen battling some nefarious superheroes in Amazon’s The Boys.
Anyways, Urban has revealed the extent of his stormtrooper role. He met JJ Abrams during the shooting and JJ allowed Urban to appear in the movie. Urban was quoted as saying how fun it was on set and I could not be more jealous. Similar to Daniel Craig, Urban actually had a speaking part in the scene and he was one of the 2 troopers who say “Knights of Ren” while Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver) walks by. Even someone who has a good memory for details; I honestly do not remember that scene which is why it is the PERFECT cameo. Congrats go to Karl for getting this awesome opportunity. Other famous faces have also made some cameos in The Rise of Skywalker including, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the legendary John Williams, and believe it or not, popular zeitgeist singer Ed Sheeran. It’s a small galaxy after all.
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