Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac are the stars of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, along with Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, Carrie Fisher and a small galaxy of others. But there are some familiar faces—and voices—that might not be as recognizable.
In the scene where Rey touches Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber, we see a kaleidoscope of images and sounds. Unfortunately, it's the audio equivalent of blink-and-you'll-miss-it. But according to J.J. Abrams, those voices include Frank Oz's Yoda and both Ewan McGregor and Sir Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Both McGregor and Oz came in to J.J. Abrams’ recording studio to read their lines. But Guinness has been dead since 2000. Enter editorial trickery, via Bryan Burk, one of producers on The Force Awakens.
As J.J. Abrams told Entertainment Weekly, when he heard Guinness say, “Rey,”
“I said, ‘That’s cool, is that the thing from Ewan McGregor?’” Abrams recalled. “He said ‘No, we took a line from Alec Guinness saying ‘Afraid.’”
But that’s not all of the cameos and appearances found in The Force Awakens. Others include:
- - Simon Pegg plays the alien scavenger Unkar Plutt, who Rey sells her salvage to on Jakku.
- - Comedians Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz provided the voice of BB-8.
- - Daniel Craig plays the stormtrooper who was mind-tricked by Rey.
- - Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher’s daughter, plays a member of the resistance.
- - Some members of the cast of Star Wars: Clone Wars—Tom Kane, Meredith Salenger, Catherine Taber, Sam Witwer, Matt Lanter, James Arnold
TaberTaylor, and director Dave Filoni—provided currently unknown voice work.
- - Kevin Smith provides a currently unknown voice.
More cameos can be found here, although as the weeks progress, I'm certain we'll learn more.
I don’t know about you, but it gives me the feels, knowing that Obi-Wan is still out there as a Force ghost.