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The Boys’ Karl Urban reveals he secretly played a stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Well, well, well, if it isn’t the secret stormtrooper.

The Boys actor Karl Urban has revealed he had a secret cameo in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (opens in new tab). So secret, in fact, he’s had to tell the world because no one spotted him up until now.

"Here's the process. I had the good fortune to go and visit J.J. Abrams while he was shooting The Rise of Skywalker,” Urban told Digital Spy (opens in new tab). “While I was there, he put me in a stormtrooper uniform and we had a really fun day on set.”

It’s not just a walk-on part, either. Urban explains “what is in the cut is my voice saying 'Knights of Ren' as Kylo Ren walks down a hallway past two stormtroopers. I am one of those stormtroopers.”

Urban’s surprising Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker cameo follows a galaxy’s worth of bit-parts and blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearances (opens in new tab) in Episode 9.

John Williams, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and even Ed Sheeran appeared in 2019’s end to the Skywalker Saga, while director J.J. Abrams even appeared as droid D-O.

But, if you ask us, it won’t beat the man now perhaps best known as Billy Butcher giving the Knights of Ren the side-eye as Kylo Ren marches past him. That was dia-bloody-bolical.

If you want more from Urban and what can only be described as the weirdest scene you’ll see all year, here’s our round-ups from The Boys Comic-Con panel (opens in new tab) and everything else that happened at Comic-Con 2020 (opens in new tab).

Bradley Russell
Bradley Russell

I'm the Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.