Back in May, a new rumor surfaced regarding the ultra-secretive Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which revealed that 007 himself, Spectre star Daniel Craig, has a cameo in the highly-anticipated movie. The news came straight from another actor, Simon Pegg, who himself was long rumored to have a role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was ultimately confirmed in the behind-the-scenes video released at Comic Con this summer. Simon Pegg revealed that Daniel Craig is playing a Stormtrooper, which Entertainment Weekly has confirmed. The site also has new details about his role, which do have a few SPOILERS, so if you haven't yet seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, read on at your own risk.
One of the site's sources claims that Daniel Craig took on the role for "s--ts and grins," even though he vehemently denied the rumor. It does make sense, though since both Spectre and Star Wars: The Force Awakens were shooting at Pinewood Studios in London at the same time. The site reports that Daniel Craig's Stormtrooper is on the receiving end of a "Jedi mind trick," the first one ever attempted by Rey (Daisy Ridley).
At an unidentified point in the movie, Rey is captured, leading her to tell Daniel Craig's Stormtrooper, "You will remove these restraints and leave this cell with the door open." The scene is an obvious nod to Obi-Wan Kenobi's "These aren't the droids you're looking for" line in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, although it isn't as successful. Daniel Craig's character responds, "I'll tighten those restraints, scavenger scum." The site adds that most fans won't be able to recognize Daniel Craig's voice in this scene.
It leaves one to wonder how many other secret cameos there may be in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While Simon Pegg's face was clearly shown in the Comic Con video, the actor was seen wearing a bulky costume, implying that his face will be covered during his scenes. We also learned earlier this week that comedians Ben Schwartz and Bill Hader provided the voice for ball droid BB-8. Director J.J. Abrams recently confirmed that there isn't an end credits scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it may be worth sticking around as the credits roll, to see if any other familiar names pop up.
What do you think about Daniel Craig's secret cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens? It seems unlikely that this news will help boost the movie's box office performance, largely because it is expected to shatter practically every record this weekend. Stay tuned for more on Star Wars: The Force Awakens as this highly-anticipated movie finally hits theaters.