Gary Barlow has confirmed he is set to feature in the next ‘Star Wars’ film – but not as a stormtrooper.
The Take That singer, 46, was rumoured to be portraying a soldier of the Galactic Empire in the next instalment of the blockbuster sci-fi franchise but now he’s dished his cameo won’t be as the iconic white armoured fighter.
Though makers of the movie hate for any details to be revealed, Gary said on ‘Lorraine’ earlier today: “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.”
The ‘Giants’ hitmaker is a huge ‘Star Wars’ fan and probably pulled some strings with Disney to get into the franchise.
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.