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8 Actors You May Not Have Known Were in a Star Wars

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You may think you’re a Star Wars expert, but with such a huge expanded universe, how could you possibly know it all? Well calm down nerds, I’m sure some of you are so dedicated to the galaxy far, far away that do know everything! But this list is for the ones who don’t — to honor May the Fourth here’s a look at big actors who you may have not known were in a Star Wars movie!

Daniel Craig

This moment already stood out, but who knew how cool it actually was once we found out Rey was manipulating James Bond himself? Daniel Craig made a brief cameo in The Force Awakens, where he fell victim to Rey’s Force powers. Maybe Q needs to manufacture a gadget that replicates that skill?

Rose Byrne

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Rose Byrne, the Bridesmaids star, had a brief role as one of Padme’s handmaiden’s in Attack of the Clones. I don’t know what a handmaiden does exactly, but if it involves getting the remote for me after I’ve already plopped down on the couch, I’m down to have one.

Kiera Knightley

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Before Bend It Like Beckham and Pirates of the Caribbean, Keira Knightley played Padme’s decoy Sabé in The Phantom Menace. Keira is probably the biggest star who started out as a nobody in a Star Wars movie. Who knew handmaiden roles were a such precursor to stardom?

Simon Pegg

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Pegg plays Unkar Plutt, the Jakkku junk merchant, who tries to by BB-8 from Rey. The Shaun of the Dead star works a lot with J.J. Abrams, so it’s not completely shocking, but it’s always cool when a celeb geeks out and gets a small part in one of their favorite franchises. I only want to do small parts in cool movies. That’s my dream acting career.

Peter Serafinowicz

Who knew a famous British comedian played one of Star Wars’ greatest villain? Yep, Peter Serafinowicz voiced the super evil Darth Maul. Honestly, he needs to be in more things. Can he be the next Hugh Laurie? I need more cute, lanky, and funny British actors in my life.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

It’s pretty hard to beat the original Cantina Band song, but if anyone can do it, it’s Lin-Manuel Miranda. If you can’t get tickets to Hamilton, and we all know you can’t, check him out in The Force Awakens, where you can hear him sing the song he co-wrote with J.J. Abrams. That’s almost as good as seeing the hottest show on Broadway.

Dominic West

Before he starred in The Wire, Dominic played Naboo Palace Guard officer Jerus Jannick in The Phantom Menace. It’s a shame to cover up all that hotness. I mean, I respect his talent of course, but I want to have an affair with McNulty for real. Okay, back to being respectful.


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Wait, what? There are lots of rumors surrounding the involvement of the boy band’s involvement with Star Wars, but here’s the basic scoop — the daughter of a co-producer on Attack of the Clones was a big N*Sync fan and begged her dad to give the group a cameo. N*Sync was, of course, thrilled when they received the offer, and filmed a part for the climactic battle scene. The group was apparently cut from the final film, but Joey Fatone said that while filming the scene, he had a blue light saber, a less-than fit body, and not a ton of lightsaber skills. The guy in the .GIF above does kind of match that description, so I’m including it as celebrity you didn’t know were in Star Wars. FIGHT ME.

Which star were you most surprised to see in Star Wars? Let me know in the comments below!


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