Karl Urban has appeared in three Star Trek films as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy, and it turns out, he has also appeared in that other big franchise. The actor has now revealed a cameo in J.J. Abrams’ latest movie.
I’m a doctor,
not and a stormtrooper
Karl Urban has revealed he has an uncredited role in the 2019 film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. He let the secret out in an interview with Digital Spy while promoting his Amazon series The Boys, saying:
“I had the good fortune to go and visit JJ Abrams [the film’s director] while he was shooting The Rise of Skywalker. While I was there, he put me in a stormtrooper uniform and we had a really fun day on set… It’s been one of my life-long goals to be a stormtrooper, so I can tick that off now.”
According to the actor, he plays one of the two stormtroopers standing guard as Kylo Ren walks by with the Knights of Ren. He even has a line, saying “Knights of Ren,” as they pass by.
Urban is a big fan of Star Trek and in 2013 he said he had planned to limit himself to just one of the two “Star” franchises, even after J.J. Abrams had made the switch. The actor told IGN, “I’ve made a commitment to Star Trek and I’m going to keep it. It wouldn’t feel right to me. Being in Star Trek, to suddenly be in Star Wars wouldn’t feel right to me.” But in 2018 he told LRM that after seeing his Star Trek co-star Simon Pegg play the alien Unkar Plutt in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he was open to the idea of appearing in a Star Wars film in a way where he would not be recognizable, which is exactly what happened.
Urban will next be seen in the second season of Amazon’s irreverent superhero show The Boys, which premieres on September 4th. You can see the trailer below.
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