Who Tom Hardy May Be Playing In Star Wars: Episode VIII

The following contains potential spoilers for Star Wars: Episode VIII. If you don’t want to know something that might happen, do not continue.

There are so many questions that we want answers to in Star Wars: Episode VIII. While we’re looking forward to knowing more about the characters we met in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and we still want to know what characters all of the new actors are playing, what little news we are are receiving appears to be answers to questions we didn’t really know we had. If you were wondering who Tom Hardy would be playing in Episode VIII, we now know he’ll be a Stormtrooper.

Of course, you’re probably more than a little surprised to hear that Tom Hardy is even in Star Wars: Episode VIII. The rumor was a fairly new one, but Making Star Wars, who seems to know all when it comes to Star Wars rumors, has already apparently confirmed that the rumor is true. According to them, Tom Hardy will be following in the footsteps of Daniel Craig, in a cameo that you’ll hear, but not see. It’s from here, however, that we get a bit more into spoilery details.

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The Mad Max: Fury Road actor will reportedly play a First Order Stormtrooper who sees, and recognizes, an old friend, FN-2187, a.k.a. Finn. Apparently Finn will be on a secret mission playing his old part as a Stormtrooper, but Hardy’s character won’t realize this. Instead, he believes that FN-2187 is actually a spy for The First Order who has infiltrated the Resistance. After congratulating FN-2187 on his promotion, Hardy’s character lets Finn go. Finn, for his part, can’t believe he gets out of the meeting alive.

If true, Tom Hardy looks to be pulling a Daniel Craig, who made a similar cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a Stormtrooper. We expect Hardy’s cameo will be nearly identical, with Hardy’s helmet never coming off. If all rumors are true, then this won’t be the only Stormtrooper celebrity cameo in Star Wars: Episode VIII. One source has claimed that England’s princes William and Harry also donned Stormtrooper uniforms for walk-on cameos in the film.

As cameos go, it’s probably the best of both worlds. Star Wars gets to throw in some cool celebrity cameos from famous faces who probably just want to be part of the film, but by covering them up, the movie doesn’t turn into a movie about the cameos like something out of Zoolander 2. It also will continue Tom Hardy’s track record of putting things on his face that make him difficult to understand. What do you think of celebrities playing Stormtroopers in the new Star Wars films? Should there be more, or is this a bad trend? Let us know in the comments!

Dirk Libbey
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