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Star Wars is a franchise that has been around so long now that numerous people who fell in love with the movies as kids have grown up to be major celebrities, leading to several cameos to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It seems that the next episode will be no different. Although, it must be said that this particular celebrity cameo is likely to be a much bigger deal in the UK in the U.S., as most Americans are likely not that familiar with 90s British pop music band Take That or its lead singer Gary Barlow.
In the UK, however, Gary Barlow is a pretty big deal. He was the primary songwriter for the popular band and went on to a successful solo career following that. Take That is now back together again and in a recent interview with ITV's Lorraine, Barlow revealed that he will have some sort of role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi when it hits this December. He didn't give any details, though he did say that fans will recognize him when they see him, because unlike many other celebrity cameos from the last film, we'll be able to see his face. He told Lorraine...
I'm not a stormtrooper, but I am in it. You can see me face.
Being able to see Gary Barlow's face will be something of a shift from the cameo structure set up by S\_tar Wars: The Force Awakens_. That film saw numerous celebrity cameos but we never saw any faces. Simon Pegg was covered by CGI and prosthetics. Ewan McGregor was heard, but never seen. Daniel Craig was under a Stormtrooper helmet. Apparently, Barlow drew the long straw and got the job where he can actually be seen.
Such is not the case for the other major celebrity cameos that we've heard about. One rumor claims that Princes William and Harry are both in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, however, they got stuck under the aforementioned Stormtrooper helmets.
It's not too shocking that so many of those who have been able to get cameos have been from the UK. The majority of the filming for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as well as pretty much every other entry in the franchise, has taken place at Pinewood Studios in London. As such, Star Wars fans from that part of the world have a much easier time being available, and several of them probably find themselves on the lot doing other things, making a cameo the sort of thing that can be decided upon on a moment's notice.
We'll be looking for Gary Barlow, as well as any other celebrities who snuck their way in, when Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits screens this December.