A New ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Rumor Has Tom Hardy Following In Daniel Craig’s Footsteps

During production on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, rumors swirled about possible cameos by world-class actors. One of the more persistent stories concerned James Bond thespian Daniel Craig, whose involvement was spoiled by fellow cameo-maker Simon Pegg. Craig denied Pegg’s claim vehemently, but once The Force Awakens hit theaters last December, it was easy to see — or hear, rather — that he’d been lying. Now that director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII is over halfway through principal photography, leaks regarding what famous faces (or voices) might be making an appearance are beginning to surface.

Obviously, this is a rumor that should be taken with a massive, high blood pressure-inducing grain of salt. Even so, if you wish to keep reading, then know that what follows is a potential spoiler for the plot of Episode VIII.

According to Making Star Wars, none other than Mad Max: Fury Road‘s Tom Hardy will play a First Order Stormtrooper who knows Finn (John Boyega) from the ol’ days at the Imperial offshoot’s stormtrooper academy (or whatever it’s called). The website wouldn’t spoil its sources, but after “investigating the scenario” they “ascertained” a rough approximation of a scene in which Hardy’s character encounter and interacts with Finn. Apparently Hardy’s unnamed stormtrooper “is elated to see his old friend from back during their First Order academy days” and even “slaps him on the ass” in a totally platonic, “good game”-kind of way. Meanwhile Finn is “on a secret mission” and thinks “he’s surely going to be captured,” but is instead surprised to find himself mistaken for a “Resistance infiltrator and spy.”

The site surmises that, because of the destruction of the Starkiller Base in The Force Awakens, most surviving First Order stormtroopers probably don’t know about Finn’s betrayal. Whether this is because Finn’s former colleagues were all killed, or because the lead villains (and especially Captain Phasma, who was put in a trash compactor by Finn) think it best not to tell their minions, remains to be seen. For all we know, this is probably a bigger piece of junk than the Millennium Falcon.

Then again, so was Craig’s insistence that he wasn’t in The Force Awakens.

(Via Making Star Wars)