2015 Star Wars blockbuster The Force Awakens had a few sneaky cameos hidden away inside it, from Simon Pegg’s scrap dealer Unkar Plutt to James Bond actor Daniel Craig’s mind-controlled stormtrooper.
And now, with sequel episode VIII on the horizon, many fans have wondered which other celebs could be hiding under plastic masks in the next adventure to a galaxy far, far away.
Some say it could be Take That frontman Gary Barlow trying out his stormtrooper skills, or Princes William and Harry (who visited the set) – but by far the most pervasive rumour is that The Dark Knight Rises and Peaky Blinders’ Tom Hardy will be appearing in the film, probably as a stormtrooper pal of John Boyega’s Finn.
For months, speculation has raged on – and now Hardy himself has commented on the rumours to The Hollywood Reporter, with a response that seems to hint at the information being true.
“I don’t know if I can even say that,” Hardy said ambiguously when asked if he had filmed a stormtrooper cameo. “Where did you hear that?”
When told it had circled around the internet, he responded: “Ah, the internet is a glorious web of deceit and misinformation, isn’t it?” before laughing.
“It could be [misinformation], couldn’t it?” he concluded.
In other words, keep your ears poised for some distinctively-voiced stormtroopers this December – because we wouldn’t be surprised to hear Hardy’s gruff tones hidden behind a mask.
Tom Hardy’s new TV series Taboo begins tonight at 9.15pm on BBC1