Warning: spoilers below…
Earlier in the year, a rumour started that Daniel Craig was filming a secret role for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was then confirmed by Simon Pegg who said he was playing a Stormtrooper. The actor was then asked if it was true, which he firmly shot down.
Well, turns out he is the movie.
According to multiple sources for Entertainment Weekly, Craig filmed the scene for “shits and grins”, and they were all sworn to secrecy about it. The scene in question is where Daisy Ridley is being held captive on the Starkiller Base, and uses the Jedi Mind Trick on a hapless Stormtrooper to set her free. That Stormtrooper is, apparently, Daniel Craig.
Other rumours suggest that Benedict Cumberbatch also plays a Stormtrooper during the opening scene, but we’ll see about that one.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out now and sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Ken Leung (Lost), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist), Jessica Henwick (Spirit Warriors), Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day), Simon Pegg (Star Trek) and newcomers Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen.