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Star Wars: Karl Urban's Rise of Skywalker Cameo Revealed

Karl Urban revealed he had a secret cameo as a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. The New Zealand-born actor, who first came to prominence in Hollywood with his role as the Rohan warrior Eomer, is currently starring in Amazon Prime's hit superhero series The Boys. He plays the sardonic, foul-mouthed Brit Billy Butcher on the show. He also starred as Dr. Leonard McCoy in JJ Abrams' Star Trek reboot and its two sequels, Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond.

Abrams, of course, was responsible for launching the Star Wars sequel trilogy with The Force Awakens, and returned to close off the Skywalker Saga with 2019's Rise Of Skywalker. The Star Wars movies are known for having unacknowledged cameos, with Mark Hamill recently revealing he's had undisclosed roles in all the recent franchise entries, and the likes of Daniel Craig as well as Princes William and Harry (who were cut) appearing as stormtroopers in past films.

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Now, Urban has revealed that his name can be added to the list of actors who've had cameos in the franchise. Speaking to Digital Spy Urban confirms that he is the Urban listed in the 'Additional Voices' credits of Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker, adding that he also pulled on a stormtrooper suit for the cameo. He says the cameo came about while he was visiting Abrams on set. The director encouraged Urban to appear, and he jumped at the chance. You can read his quote describing how it happened below.

Indeed, Urban's distinctive voice can be heard around the 20-minute mark of the film, responding in awe to Kylo Ren and his Knights Of Ren. His fellow stormtrooper responds by saying "cool!" Urban didn't mention whether that stormtrooper is also played by a famous actor or director, or whether it was just a regular day performer. It would be tempting to think that he's played by fellow Kiwi, and Urban's director on Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi, who is slated to direct an upcoming Star Wars movie, and was one of the directors on The Mandalorian.

Regardless of who plays the other stormtrooper, Urban's reveal means that he appears in no less than four major movie franchises following his Lord Of The RingsStar Trek and MCU appearances. Add that to his role as Judge Dredd in 2012's Dredd, and his current role in The Boys and Urban has carved out quite a prestigious place for himself in modern pop culture.

Source: Digital Spy


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