Gary Barlow has confirmed he has a role in the new Star Wars movie.
The Take That singer, 46, was rumored to be portraying a stormtrooper in the next installment of the blockbuster sci-fi franchise, but he’s now confirmed his cameo won’t be as one of the soldiers of the Galactic Empire.
The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre columnist Dan Wootton revealed on British show Lorraine on Monday (27.03.17): “So, catch this. Gary Barlow confirming he is going to appear in ‘Star Wars’. I’m not joking.”
The Giants hitmaker joked that he was worried that he may have scuppered his chances of having the part because the makers of the franchise like to keep details strictly confidential between the actors and team.
Quizzed on his role, Gary said: “Well there is. I’m not a Stormtrooper. I am in it. Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen keep it down. Having said that I’ll probably be out. I think the Star Wars people are so strict about information so probably by me saying that I’ve probably done myself out of a role.”
A source previously teased: “Gary is a huge ‘Star Wars’ fan so this is a dream come true. The process has been kept top secret, as he doesn’t want anybody to find out. His connections in the film industry got him the part.”
Filming for the next movie is currently underway at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England and is expected to be just as big a success as last year’s The Force Awakens, which saw Harrison Ford make his comeback as Han Solo.
Although details on the forthcoming film are being kept close to producers’ chests, it was previously reported Ade Edmondson, 60, has also managed to secure a role after he impressed director Rian Johnson and executive producer J.J. Abrams with his incredible acting ability.
A source said: “Ade is one of the most-loved comedy stars in the UK but even he would admit Star Wars is a surprise move for him. While J.J. Abrams isn’t directing, he is still heavily involved and he is really keen on British talent. His character is top secret, like everything else to do with the film and its plot. But given his old comedy characters, it would make sense for them to give him an eccentric part.”
And Edmondson is just one of the many in a long line of Brits to join the Star Wars family.
Simon Pegg played Junkyard dealer Unkar Plutt in The Force Awakens, while John Boyega and Daisy Ridley played lead characters Finn and Rey respectively.
Star Wars VIII, which has yet to be given an official name, is expected to hit cinema screens around the globe later this year.