Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been out for over a month, the team behind the space opera can finally reveal some of the details that went into creating it. We’ve learned information about production, development, and the casting of the more mysterious roles. Additionally, a hand full of cameos have been revealed, and now another small role has come to light. It turns out that comic book and Star Wars aficionado Kevin Smith got to be apart of the galaxy far, far away.
Well there you go, ladies and gentleman. It turns out that Kevin Smith got to voice one of the First Order Stormtroopers. Lucky him.
For those of you who might not remember this line, and really how could you unless you’ve seen it a handful of times, Kevin Smith’s line of dialogue came during the battle at Maz Kanata’s (played by Lupita Nyong’o) castle on the planet of Takodana. While heroes Han Solo, Finn, Rey, and Chewbacca go there intending to get some intel from Maz, the First Order eventually finds their whereabouts and sends a small army of Stormtroopers and Kylo Ren himself to destroy the place, and retrieve BB-8.
Of course, just when Finn, Solo, and Chewie are about to be taken prisoner by The First Order, a call to the Resistance turns out fruitful and the good guys come in with a squad of X-Wing’s to save the day. Somewhere in this struggle, in the midst of Poe Dameron’s glorious return and various Stormtroopers being blown to bits, Kevin Smith’s line of warning comes from one of Finn’s former allies.
The Force Awakens is essentially full of easter eggs and surprise cameos. The most famous, of course, would be Daniel Craig’s turn as a Stormtrooper at Starkiller base. In a moment that is both hilarious and extremely cool, we see Rey come into her force powers and mind control Craig’s character to release her, leave the door unlocked, and leave his weapon.
Other notable cameos include director and writer J.J. Abram’s father, Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd (of Scream Queens fame), and Thomas Brodie-Sangster who we know as Jojen Reed from Game of Thrones and the cute kid from Love, Actually. Additionally, J.J. Abrams cast some of his favorite actors to work with such as Greg Grunberg from Heroes and Lost alum Ken Leung. Plus BB-8’s voice consultants were comedians Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz.
What do you think of Kevin Smith’s cameo role? Obviously he wasn’t physically in the white Stormtrooper armor, but it’s pretty cool to be involved in a Star Wars movie at any capacity.
We’ll continue to keep you updated as more easter eggs from The Force Awakens are available. Kevin Smith’s AMC show Comic Book Men returns to television on February 14th, 2016.
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Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.