Princes Wil­liam and Harry have cameos in ‘Star­Wars: The Last Jedi’

The Mercury News Weekend - - NEWS - By Martha Ross mross@ ba­yare­anews­group.com Con­tact Martha Ross at 925-943-8254.

Maybe Princes Wil­liam and Harry can have a fu­ture in the movies if the Bri­tish pub­lic de­cide it’s time to do away with hav­ing a royal fam­ily rep­re­sent them on the world stage.

The brothers cer­tainly are get­ting a good shot at new ca­reers with roles that many a strug­gling young ac­tor would kill for: They get to ap­pear in the highly an­tic­i­pated “Star­Wars: The Last Jedi.” Wil­liam and Harry have suited up as stormtroop­ers for a scene in the movie, ac­cord­ing to The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter.

They’ll be joined in the scene by ac­tor Tom Hardy, who also will por­tray a stormtrooper. Singer Gary Bar­low of the pop group Take That pre­vi­ously con­firmed that he shot a scene for “The Last Jedi,” due in the­aters Dec. 15, and that he, too, will be play­ing a stormtrooper.

OK, so it sounds like au­di­ences won’t see Wil­liam’s and Harry’s faces, be­cause they will be cov­ered by stormtrooper hel­mets. It’s also un­clear whether the princes, Hardy or Bar­low will have speak­ing roles in the film. So maybe the princes won’t get too much of a chance to showoff their act­ing chops. But it’s bet­ter than noth­ing, right?

Their scene is ex­pected to in­volve them sur­round­ing Finn, played by Bri­tish ac­tor John Boyega, dur­ing an el­e­va­tor ride, The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter said.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence,” Boyega re­cently told the pub­li­ca­tion of work­ing with Wil­liam and Harry, not­ing that it was “fun” rather than in­tim­i­dat­ing to be in the pres­ence of roy­alty.

The scene was ap­par­ently shot when Wil­liam and Harry vis­ited Pinewood Stu­dios in Eng­land in April 2016. As it hap­pens, Hardy was also milling around the set around the same time.

It’s not un­heard of for celebri­ties to squeeze them­selves into a stormtrooper cos­tume to get in some screen time in a “Star Wars” movie. Daniel Craig made a fa­mously clan­des­tine cameo in 2015’s “The Force Awak­ens,” op­po­site Daisy Ri­d­ley’s Rey.

Boyega said that shar­ing a scene with the roy­als and with Hardy “wrapped in stormtrooper cos­tumes” made for a “strange con­trast of a weird fam­ily.”

He added: “It’s the best of both worlds for me.”

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Stormtroop­ers in a scene from “Rogue One: A Star­Wars Story.”

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