The Definitive Guide to 'The Force Awakens' Cameos

Where to find Daniel Craig, Ewan McGregor, Bill Hader and more

J.J. Abrams crammed Star Wars: The Force Awakens with cameos. Since most of them are unrecognizable on screen, here's a comprehensive guide to who, where, and when.

The definition of "cameo" kind of implies that the person playing the character in question is a major celebrity. Even though that isn't the case with every one of these cameos, I'm including a broad range of appearances for reasons explained with each actor, below.

Beware of spoilers.

By the way, despite what you may have heard, Doctor Who's Freema Agyeman is not in The Force Awakens.

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Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig at the 'Spectre' German premiere in Berlin. Sean Gallup / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

You've probably heard the story by now: Daniel Craig was next door to The Force Awakens production, filming Spectre, when he apparently popped over and asked J.J. Abrams if he could be in Star Wars. And if there's one thing everybody knows, it's that you don't say no to James Bond.

Funnily enough, the actor later vehemently (even angrily) denied his involvement in the film, telling Entertainment Weekly, "Why would I ever bother doing something like that? F---ing hell! Pffft. Play an extra in another movie?" The rumor surfaced after Simon Pegg (below) let it slip to the media that Craig had donned a Stormtrooper costume for a cameo.

Craig's uncredited (and unrecognizable) cameo occurs in the scene where Rey (Daisy Ridley) uses the Jedi Mind Trick on a Stormtrooper to escape from the interrogation room. Craig is the Stormtrooper that falls prey to her Jedi prowess.

Some outlets report that Craig's Stormtrooper character is designated JB-007. Cute.

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Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg at the London premiere of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'. Chris Jackson / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

Abrams' Star Trek pal appears heavily disguised as the repugnant Jakku junk trader Rey works for, Unkar Plutt.

This one is arguably not really a cameo, as Pegg's part is credited and substantial. I haven't seen the movie enough times to know for sure, but Plutt might even get more screen time and lines than Captain Phasma!

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith at Wired Cafe - Comic-Con 2014. Jesse Grant / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

The Clerks director and unashamedly hardcore geek famously visited the London set of The Force Awakens and cried when he walked on board the Millennium Falcon.

Smith is never physically in the movie, but while he was visiting the set, Abrams asked him to record some vocals for an unidentified background character. It's likely Smith's "part" is little more than ambient chatter from Maz's Castle or some such, that fans will never be able to pick out from the crowd.

But his voice is in there.

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Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor at 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Larry Busacca / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

When Rey first encounters Luke's lightsaber, she experiences a Force-powered vision of events from both the past and the future. Near the end, a voice can be faintly heard saying, "Rey... these are your first steps."

Abrams and his crew put out a call to Obi-Wan Kenobi himself, Ewan McGregor, to record the line. McGregor graciously came in and did the line for the movie, but the sound editors later surprised Abrams with how the line is heard the film.

"These are your first steps" is indeed McGregor reading the line, but when Obi-Wan says "Rey" at the beginning, that's the late Alec Guinness! The editors cleverly edited a recording of him saying the word "afraid" to get the right sound.

Incidentally, Frank Oz also recorded new Yoda dialogue for the sequence, but the filmmakers eventually wound up using pre-existing material from the original trilogy.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda as the title character in his Broadway musical 'Hamilton.'. Neilson Barnard / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

After meeting the celebrated Broadway musician and star at a performance of Hamilton, Abrams collaborated with Miranda on the music played in Maz' Castle. They lovingly referred to it as the "new Cantina music," but it's official name is "Jabba Flow."

Both Miranda and Abrams recorded vocals for the song.

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Greg Grunberg

Greg Grunberg
Greg Grunberg at the Hollywood premiere of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'. Jason Merritt / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

If you know anything about J.J. Abrams at all, then you know who Greg Grunberg is. The actor, probably best known as one of the stars of NBC's Heroes, is lifelong best friends with Abrams, and sooner or later shows up in everything Abrams makes.

In The Force Awakens, Grunberg appears as ace X-Wing pilot Temmin "Snap" Wexley. Wexley is actually a pre-existing character who debuted as a teenager in Chuck Wendig's novel Star Wars: Aftermath, where he appeared as a supporting character in the story of his mother, Rebel fighter Norra Wexley.

Previously, Grunberg appeared in Abrams' Super 8, Star Trek, Lost, Mission: Impossible III, Alias, and Felicity.

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Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz

Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz
Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz. Jonathan Leibson & Brad Barket / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

Bill Hader is best known for his stint on Saturday Night Live; Ben Schwartz for Parks and Recreation. The two funnymen collaborated with Abrams to create the vocalizations for BB-8. How, you ask?

Hader told HitFix that BB-8's sounds came from Abrams using a sound effects iPad app "that was attached to a talk box" Hader was operating. Presumably Schwartz was given some turns on the talk box as well. Hader admitted that "it looked ridiculous" but if you've seen the movie, you know it worked brilliantly.

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Yayan Ruhian, Iko Uwais, and Cecep Arif Rahman

Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian
Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian at the 2011 Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar. Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

These three international megastars from The Raid and The Raid 2 appeared as the "Kanjiklub" gangsters/smugglers that boarded Han's freighter. Their characters are, respectively: Tasu Leech, Razoo Quin-Fee, and a Kanjiklub member who hasn't yet been identified.

Given their incredible martial arts skills, many fans had hoped the Raid actors would feature in an amazing lightsaber fight. But their parts are quite small, and involve no real action.

According to what J.J. Abrams told Slashfilm, he needed a group of characters for the Rathtar sequence, and being a huge fan of The Raid and its sequel, he offered them the chance to appear in the scene. They reportedly jumped at the chance.

Wouldn't you?

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Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Thomas Brodie-Sangster at the Moet British Independent Film Awards 2015 in London. John Phillips / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

According to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary, Brodie-Sangster's character is named Petty Officer Thanisson.

So who is he? He's appeared on many TV shows and in numerous films, but Thomas Brodie-Sangster is best remembered as Jojen Reed on Game of Thrones, Newt in The Maze Runner movies, and Ferb Fletcher on Disney's Phineas and Ferb.

He appears in just one scene, early in the film, reporting to his superior that the TIE Fighter being stolen by Finn and Poe is making "an unscheduled departure."

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Harriet Walter

Harriet Walter
Harriet Walter attends the 2009 premiere of 'Morris: A Life With Bells On' in London. Fergus McDonald / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

The medic working at Leia's Resistance base, Dr. Kalonia, may have looked familiar to British viewers in particular. Prolific actress Harriet Walter has been in countless television shows in the U.K., the best known of which is Downton Abbey, where she appeared in four episodes as Lady Shackleton.

In The Force Awakens, she patches up Chewbacca at the Resistance base,

Incidentally, Walter also happens to be the niece of the late, great Christopher Lee -- known to Star Wars fans as Count Dooku.

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Ken Leung

Ken Leung
Ken Leung attends the after party for the Broadway premiere of '8' in 2011. Jason Kempin / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

One of General Leia Organa's most trusted advisors is Admiral Statura, played in the film by Ken Leung.

Leung is probably best remembered as Miles Straume on TV's Lost, which was co-created by J.J. Abrams, though his credits include numerous movies and TV shows.

By the way, in the novelization of The Force Awakens, Admiral Statura is described as a highly skilled scientist.

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Warwick Davis

Warwick Davis
Warwick Davis at the 2015 National Television Awards in London. Anthony Harvey / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

Warwick Davis is well known to Star Wars fans as Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi. He also appeared briefly as a podrace spectator in The Phantom Menace. But his credits list is incredibly long, including standout roles such as the title character in Willow and Professor Flitwick in the Harry Potter movies.

In The Force Awakens, Davis is Wollivan, a background alien in Maz's Castle. He's easy to spot, though his appearances are very few; Wollivan is a small, pink creature with a pig-like snout.

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Judah Friedlander

Judah Friedlander
Judah Friedlander attends the 2015 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp' series premiere in New York. Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

The 30 Rock actor is barely visible in The Force Awakens, and you won't recognize him. He turns up in Maz's Castle as a gambler wearing a black, hooded cloak.

The real question is: Is he wearing the trucker's cap under that hood?

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Jessica Henwick

Jessica Henwick
Jessica Henwick as Nymeria Sand on 'Game of Thrones'. Home Box Office

Best known as Nymeria Sand on Game of Thrones, you'd probably barely recognize Henwick in The Force Awakens. In the movie, she's Jess Pava, an X-Wing pilot who only ever appears in the cockpit of her ship.

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Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino
Michael Giacchino attends the 2015 Hollywood premiere of 'Jurassic World.'. Kevin Winter / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

If John Williams hadn't been able to write the score for The Force Awakens, everybody knows who would have been drafted for the job: composer Michael Giacchino.

Star Wars is the first J.J. Abrams project that Giacchino hasn't written the music for. As a consolation prize, Abrams gave his longtime collaborator a bit part as Stormtrooper FN-3181. He's the 'trooper that delivers Poe Dameron to Kylo Ren on Jakku.

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Nigel Godrich

Nigel Godrich
Nigel Godrich at the 2010 Hollywood premiere of 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.'. David Livingston / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

Radiohead's longtime producer scored a cameo as Stormtrooper FN-9330 thanks to the efforts of Edgar Wright, who owed Godrich a favor.

FN-9330 hasn't yet been identified in the film, so we have no idea which one Godrich is.

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Billie Lourd

Billie Lourd
Billie Lourd attends the 2015 Hollywood premiere of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'. Ethan Miller / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

Who doesn't love a little nepotism? Carrie Fisher's daughter appears in a handful of scenes as Lieutenant Connix, the blonde Resistance HQ officer with tiny Leia hair buns.

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Gerry Abrams

Gerry Abrams
Gerry Abrams at the 2005 TCA Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills. Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

J.J. Abrams couldn't resist giving his own dear old dad a part in The Force Awakens, too. Gerry Abrams, a veteran Hollywood producer who's worked mainly on TV movies and documentaries, appears briefly at the Resistance base as Captain Cypress.

Watch closely when C-3PO delivers his line, "We need a miracle." Captain Cypress can be seen on the far left of the screen.

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Morgan Dameron

Morgan Dameron
Morgan Dameron. unknown

You probably have no idea who Morgan Dameron is, and that's okay. You're not expected to. But you certainly know her last name.

Morgan Dameron is J.J. Abrams' personal assistant, and he named the character Poe Dameron after her. She shows up in the movie as the aptly-named Commodore Meta.

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R2-KT

R2-KT
R2-KT. unknown

The story of R2-KT is pretty well known among Star Wars fans, but in case you're unfamiliar, here's the short version.

In 2005, this fan-built astromech droid -- essentially a pink version of R2-D2 -- was gifted to young Katie Johnson by the R2 Builders Group. Seven-year-old Katie was battling brain cancer, and her dad was a member of the Builders Group. R2-KT watched over Katie during her final months, but sadly she eventually succumbed to that vile illness.

Today, R2-KT travels the world, often with the fan organization, the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. R2-KT became a canon part of the Star Wars universe in a fifth season story arc of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

She appears in The Force Awakens three times, all in outdoor scenes at the Resistance base on D'Qar.

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