It must be great being famous and successful. Not only do you get to be a) famous and b) successful, you also get to just wander into other famous successful people’s exciting projects. Imagine just being able to WhatsApp the director of the biggest film in the world and go “Hey mate, can I be in the Star War?” Amazing.
That might not be exactly how it works, but it feels like it has to be at least a little bit like that. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is full of famouses hanging out in the background. How many of these did you spot?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been in all the films The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson has made, but never in a part as small as this. He’s the dude in red, there, part of a species called the Abednedo, responsible for getting Rose and Finn arrested on the weird casino planet. His name is officially Slowen Lo, making him the third member of his species to have a name remarkably similar to that of a Beastie Boys song - Abednedos named Ello Asty and Ilco Munica appeared in The Force Awakens.
Model, entrepreneur and environmental campaigner Lily Cole shows up briefly in the casino, sporting an impressively cubic hairdo. She’s called Lovey in the end credits, and the Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia hints at a backstory that involves her character being some kind of spy.
Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish
The Shaun of the Dead and Attack the Block directors pop up in the background as Resistance fighters, seen here with Wright’s brother Oscar and Baby Driver producer Leo Thompson.
Rogue One director Edwards gave Rian Johnson a cameo in that film, and it’s repaid here - he’s the guy next to the dude who tastes the salt on the ground of the planet Crait. Also, if you’re ever on an alien planet, don’t eat the soil.
“They found us” is the only line delivered by Chewing Gum writer and star Coel, but she thought she wouldn’t make it into the finished film at all, so it’s a bit of a result. You’ll notice this image does not show her in Star Wars. It shows her in Chewing Gum. It just came out, you know? We don’t, like, have it.
The pop singer can be spotted briefly as a resistance member in a proper blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo. Possibly. Or maybe you don’t need to blink to miss it and she’s on a cutting room floor somewhere.
Princes William and Harry, Gary Barlow and Tom Hardy
Supposedly, somewhere within the ranks of Stormtroopers on Snoke’s ship are these four - John Boyega said in an interview that he thought their scenes had been cut, but then went back on it, so odds are the second and fifth in line to the throne, M&S’s favourite coat model and fuckin’ Bane are in this picture wearing silly helmets for fun.
Carrie Fisher's dog, Gary
The late, great Carrie Fisher’s beloved hound Gary shows up in the background (to the left of Rose, being held by the guy that looks like a hat) as a space-dog. Awwww.