Most of the main actors in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will have their faces clearly seen, but not Alan Tudyk. Since he's playing the droid K-2SO, audiences will hear his voice, but in place of his body will be a tall, hulking robot who could rip apart humans with ease if given the order. However, Tudyk still nearly had the opportunity to show his whole self in front of the camera in Rogue One, and even weirder, he would have been playing his character from the web series Con Man.
During a Reddit AMA with his fellow Con Man actors, Alan Tudyk revealed that he had cameoed as his character, Wray Nerely, in Rogue One, but he had recently found out that the scene had been cut from the final version. He explained:
Sort of my alter ego in Con Man had a role in Rouge One Star Wars I played a pilot, and the scene got cut I just found out. Like did Wray Nerely survive? I was really looking forward to seeing Wray Nerely in Star Wars, but truthfully Wray Nerely would never get that good of a job. So it was probably pretty good that he didn't.
Okay, this cameo sounds all kinds of meta. For those of you who don't watch Con Man, Wray Nerely is a struggling actor who has been typecast into science fiction roles. He's basically a much-less successful Alan Tudyk, which is fitting since Tudyk created the show and based it off his own experiences, but that's beside the point. So had this cameo been kept in Rogue One's final cut, we would have seen Tudyk, an actor, play another actor who had been cast in the first Star Wars "Anthology" spinoff as a pilot. That's a lot of layers at work! Regardless, Star Wars fans won't see this fun pop-in on the big screen, but there's still a chance it could be included as a deleted scene on the home media release. Besides, it's like Alan Tudyk said: Nerely probably wouldn't have been able to score a role like that anyway.
Fortunately for Alan Tudyk fans, they'll still feel his presence in Rogue One later this year. He voiced and motion-capture performed K-2SO, an Imperial enforcer droid who was reprogrammed by Cassian Andor to serve the Rebel Alliance. Despite working for the good guys, he has no filter and is all too eager to dish out sass to his new masters whenever possible, including during the mission to steal the Death Star plans. That should provide some levity in the midst of one of the darkest Star Wars stories that's ever been told in theaters.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16.