Karl Urban reveals secret 'Star Wars' cameo in 'The Rise of Skywalker'

Tom Beasley
Karl Urban during San Diego Comic Con on July 19, 2019. (Photo by Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images)

Karl Urban has revealed that he had a secret cameo role in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — and it allowed him to fulfil a lifelong dream.

The 48-year-old star told Digital Spy he appeared alongside Kylo Ren as a Stormtrooper, delivering a single line identifying the Knights of Ren as they walk down a corridor.

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Urban was listed in the “additional voices” section of the movie’s credits, but this is the first time he has revealed the nature of his cameo.

"It's been one of my life-long goals to be a Stormtrooper, so I can tick that off now," he said.

Karl Urban played one of the Stormtroopers in this scene from 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'. (Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney)

The actor said he was visiting his Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams on the Rise of Skywalker set when his cameo arose.

He added: “While I was there, he put me in a Stormtrooper uniform and we had a really fun day on set.”

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Urban is one of many high-profile cameos in The Rise of Skywalker, including Ed Sheeran, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Abrams himself.

Famous faces have popped up as Stormtroopers throughout the sequel trilogy, including Daniel Craig, Kevin Smith and Tom Hardy.

British royals Prince William and Prince Harry filmed a role in the costumes for The Last Jedi, but were reportedly cut from the movie for being too tall.

Stormtroopers in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'. (Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Urban is currently promoting the upcoming second season of Amazon Prime comic book show The Boys, in which he plays group leader Billy Butcher.

Media metrics firm Nielsen said the first season attracted eight million viewers in its first 10 days on the streamer, making it one of the service’s most popular shows.

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Critics were also broadly positive about the show to the tune of an 83% approval score on aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus praising the show’s “violent delights and willingness to engage in heavy, relevant themes”.

The Boys season two is due to premiere on Amazon Prime from 4 September.