Some nice Star Wars casting news is breaking in the form of this juicy rumor. Making Star Wars is confirming that Tom Hardy will be cast in Star Wars: Episode VIII, most likely as a First Order stormtrooper.

Now is this going to be a larger speaking role or a cameo ala Daniel Craig? Sadly, it’s more like the latter. Making Star Wars goes on to dissect his scene as such below. Please be advised, this is a SPOILER. Look only if you want to.


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Here’s Chewbacca for no reason other than to distract you.


After investigating the scenario we have ascertained something like this goes down:

  • Tom Hardy plays a First Order stormtrooper.

  • Said stormtrooper glimpses FN-2187 on a secret mission but doesn’t realize it.

  • The “incognito” FN-2187 is surprised when the stormtrooper walks up behind him and slaps him on the ass.

  • FN-2187 turns around and believes he’s dead. He’s surely going to be captured.

  • The stormtrooper is elated to see his old friend from back during their First Order academy days.

  • The stormtrooper congratulates FN-2187 on his promotion to Resistance infiltrator and spy.

  • FN-2187 is free to go about his business to his amazement.



The site reports it is also unlikely that Hardy will remove his helmet, so you’ll have to be paying very close attention to the circumstances above, provided the scene doesn’t end up on the cutting room floor altogether.

Hardy is one of many high-profile actors placed in cameo roles in the new Star Wars films. Cameos in The Force Awakens include Daniel Craig, Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones, Maze Runner), Bill Hader and Simon Pegg among many others. Though it is debatable whether Pegg’s role as Unkar Plutt, the junkyard dealer on Jakku, can even be construed as a cameo since he had a fair amount of lines and screen time.

As the premiere of Star Wars: Episode VIII gets closer, we’ll likely get even more recognizable names attached to cameo roles. Look for it in theaters December 15, 2017.

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