(Warning! This story has plenty of cameos and thus, quite a few SPOILERS! Read with caution!) The signature Star Wars cameo is becoming a cottage industry for this latest run of franchise installments. The Force Awakens had plenty, and Rogue One carries on the tradition. We're sure Han Solo will also have its fair share, and we definitely hope that green rabbit looking alien from the Marvel comics shows up, something we wouldn't put past the directors of 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie. But while some of these cameos are quite obvious, others are harder to spot. And some show up in name only.
There are a few big cameos that we did not include on this list, because you'd have to be blind to miss them. And even then you'd recognize their voices. Mon Mothma and Darth Vader both, while having limited screen time, play key roles in what amounts to some pretty cool extended cameo sequences. Then you have the CGI Grand Moff Tarkin, who's video game visage is almost enough to pull you right out of the movie. Finally, we have the big three. The heavy hitters. Appearing towards, or at, the end of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are the droid pair R2-D2 and C-3PO as well as a very CGI looking Princess Leia, which gives Carrie Fisher back her 19-year-old face. Some of these are fun, some of them feel shoehorned in. But it's the ones you really have to hunt for that truly make us smile. And there are plenty to go around.
We're sure some of these were missed. In fact, we're positive that is the case. And as more and more fans go back for a third and fourth viewing, new cameos will be spotted and shared across the Internet. But for now, we've collected 19 of the most prominent ones. Some are definitely harder to spot than others. And some you'll need a remote to pause when this solo adventure comes home to Blu-ray and VOD to truly get a good look at.
Perhaps most interesting is that the Star Wars cameos span quite a few different movies, and even some of the TV shows. Saw Gerrera is perhaps the biggest connection to one of the animated series. The Forest Whittaker character first showed up as a much younger man in Star Wars Clone Wars, and the years have not been kind to him here. But there are also a number of hidden references and Easter eggs for the currently airing Star Wars Rebels. Again, some of these are a little harder to spot than others.
While Rogue One takes place just hours before the events that kick off A New Hope, it's not the only original trilogy installment that gets a nod. And the prequels all contribute to little touches here and there. Perhaps the least sourced movie is Empire Strikes Back, with some character moments more heavily reflecting Return of the Jedi. There are plenty of Revenge of the Sith sights to behold if you know where to look. We first begin with all the cool things that were brought back from the one that started it all, 1977's Star Wars, later retitled Episode IV: A New Hope during one of the movie's many re-releases to help connect it to Empire Strikes Back, and create a true trilogy. We also begin with a man who shows up in the earliest moments of A New Hope, only to meet his fate fairly quickly.
Captain Antilles is an important dude. And in a different movie, he could have been the lead. He's held down a healthy life in the ancillary canon, appearing in a number of novels. Reymus Antilles is a big part of the Star Wars myth, though he only had a few precious moments of screen time in A New Hope. He is Darth Vader's first on-screen kill in the 1977 original, though we admit, he got off easy considering some of the cruel actions Vader takes at the end of Rogue One. Antilles is the captain of the Tantive IV, and gets strangled by Darth when he refuses to give up the plans to the Death Star, claiming his ship has intercepted no transmissions. He was previously seen at the end of Revenge of the Sith, where he takes temporary ownership of C-3PO and R2-D2. Though not a key player in Rogue One, he gets two crucial scenes. The first when Bail Organa leaves Yavin IV for Alderann. Bail commands the captain to 'get ready'. We see Reymus again at the end of the movie, when his crew of Rebels have escaped the wrath of Darth Vader, and he's able too give Vader's daughter, Princess Leia, the Death Star plans.
Walrus Man and Dr. Evazan
Interestingly enough, we're at a point where some kids have never seen A New Hope. Blasphemous, I know. But they will have no idea or point of reference for Ponda Babba, who was originally named Walrus Man by Kenner when the Star Wars action figures launched, because he didn't yet have a proper name, and Dr. Evazan, who never even got an action figure during the original run of the toy line. The two are spotted on the Jedi holy planet of Jedha, where they literally bump into Jyn and Cassian. The good doctor even gets to spout his trademark line. Somehow, this pair managed to escape all the death and destruction that happens on Jedha shortly before their run in with Luke and Old Ben at the Mos Eisley Cantina. This is one of the more unexpected cameos. But fun none the less.