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Dec 16, 2016

Let's play spot the cameo appearance in Rogue One

Cameo appearances in Rogue One 


Star Wars films has become a pretty handy vehicle for featuring pretty awesome cameo appearances both by those involved with the film's production and some genuinely famous actors having brief on screen moments.

The world lost its proverbial when it was realized that James Bond appeared as a Stormtrooper in The Force Awakens so what has happened with Rogue One?

List of Rogue One cameo appearances


Weeteef Cyubee
  • Warwick Davis has yet another turn at a cameo in a Star Wars movie. He plays Weeteef Cyubee, a soldier in Saw Gerrera's team. His role means he has played a different character in all the films 10 times by my reckoning.
  • Alan Tudyk obviously plays Enforcer Robot, K-250. He filmed a small cameo as a pilot called Wray Nerely but it was cut out. So no 'leaf on the wind' moment for him!
  • Ben Nathaniels, well known for The Exorcist and House of Cards has a small but pivotal role as General Merrick, the salty old soldier who leads an X-Wing Squadron. 
  • Taking a leaf from Alfred Hitchcock's playbook, Director Gareth Edwards makes a secret costumed cameo.
  • Where think this might be stretching things a little but Jimmy Smits returns as Bail Organa. Smits played the role in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Bringing the prequel character back is a wink and a nod of sorts so arguably is a cameo due to the small amount of screen time.
  • Ingvild Deila briefly plays Princess Leia at the end of the movie. She say's a single line, "what is it they've sent us? Hope".
  • Mon Mothma makes a return. Originally her first appearance was in Jedi but scenes for Revenge of the Sith were recorded but left on the cutting room floor.
  • Moff Tarkin is brought back via some hokey CGI. Looking like he had been embalmed in some manner, Tarkin has a fairly large role that showed just how much control he had in the Empire. Tarkin also had a CGI cameo role in Revenge of the Sith which now means the character has appeared in three Star Wars films.
  • Gold and Red leaders from ANH are brought back using footage filmed for ANH. Also, you may have learned that some female X-Wing and A-wing pilots were filmed for Return of the Jedi's Battle of Endor attack of the Death Star but never used. Those pilots were added to Rogue One's Battle of Scariff meaning Poppy Hands and Vivienne Chandler finally got their due. It's a small Easter egg but Blue Squad's appearance is a nod to the fact that in the novelization of A New Hope, Red squadron is actually Blue. This is because the book was finished and ready to publish before the movie was finished.
  • C3PO and his blue and white friend R2D2 are seen briefly on the secret Rebel base on Yavin 4. C3PO complains they were not informed about travelling to Scarrif. Anthony Daniels plays C3PO for like the 9th time in a Star Wars movie. 
  • Jyn Erso literally bumps into Doctor Evazan and Ponda Baba in the streets of Jedha. You might recall those two murders bumping into Luke in the Cantina scene of ANH.
And now on to the cameo roles of The Last Jedi!

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