Princes William and Harry have cameos in ‘StarWars: The Last Jedi’
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.”
Stormtroopers in a scene from “Rogue One: A StarWars Story.”