After months, and months, and months of writing and reading about every little thing involved with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I’m happy to say that I’m now on the other side of the whole mishigas, having seen the film at one of dem nifty midnight screenings. In all honesty, I’ve no interest in ruining every little surprise that the film offers – and my word, there are quite a lot – for those who have not seen the film as of yet, especially considering that the film just officially opened with regular screening schedules today. So, if you’re seeing it tonight or this weekend, I highly suggest you stop reading right now and just wait the 10-72 hours you have left before you’ve actually seen what J.J. Abrams has set into motion here, for the sake of not expecting anything or looking out for anything specific.
This is a full-on SPOILER WARNING.
That being said, the news that Daniel Craig, as reported by Entertainment Weekly, led the public astray by lying about his involvement in Abrams’ film doesn’t exactly ruin the narrative turns of the movie. In fact, Craig’s confirmation that he did indeed portray a quite memorable stormtrooper in The Force Awakens is only diverting if you’re especially interested in decoding the voices of the stormtroopers through their helmets. What’s much more revealing is the scene he is involved in, and I must again stress the spoilery nature of this tidbit before you read on, as the scene in question is one of the film’s premiere delights. In the scene in question, Daisy Ridley‘s Rey attempts to convince Craig’s stormtrooper to release her from imprisonment by the First Order, overseen by Adam Driver‘s Kylo Ren and Domnhall Gleeson‘s General Hux.
I won’t say more about the scene, as it should be left for people to explore on their own, but it’s not particularly obvious that its Craig, even if you pay particular attention to the diction that EW stresses. At the end of the day, you almost wish that Craig could have kept it more of a secret, as the chosen role suggests that the James Bond actor did it for more personal reasons and not to show that he’s part of the fanbase or culture. Like Simon Pegg‘s similarly unrecognizable cameo, the secrecy of his appearance is in line with an intimate sort of love of the series, rather than the legions of obsessive fans I saw the movie with who seemingly could not stop themselves from talking about each character reveal and piece of information divulged during The Force Awakens.