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Thomas Brodie-Sangster Cameo

Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who played Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones appears in the film very briefly 20 or so minutes into the film. You can spot him after Poe and Finn steak the TIE fighter as he says “We have an unsanctioned departure from bay two.” Brodie-Sangster is credited as “First Order Officer,” although the visual dictionary credits him as “Petty Officer Thanisson.”

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Game Of Thrones Cameos

It’s not just Max Von Sydow, Jessica Henwick, Gwendoline Christie, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster representing Westeros in The Force Awakens. A handful of other Game of Thrones alum appear in the film, but blink and you’ll miss them.

  • Jessica Henwick who played Nymeria Sand is a Resistance x-wing pilot named Jess Testor.
  • Mark Stanley who played Jon Snow’s doomed friend Grenn is credited as a “Clan Leader,” so I’m guessing he’s one of the masked fellows in the Knights of Ren?
  • Miltos Yerolemou who played Arya’s fencing master Syrio Forel, is a patron in Maz Kanata’s bar.
  • Emun Elliott who played singer Marillion is one of the Resistance fighters. He says the line: “A laser cannon?”

Its also worth noting that The Force Awakens and Game of Thrones share the same casting director, Nina Gold.

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Rey’s Glasses

Rey’s glasses were surely scavenged from the wreckages on Jakku. If you look carefully you will notice that the protective eyewear have actually been removed and repurposedr from the inside of a Empire-era Stormtrooper helmet she may have recovered in the sand dunes.

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Kevin Smith

Filmmaker and notable Star Wars fan Kevin Smith supposedly has a voice cameo in the film, but it has not been revealed.

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FN-2187

Finn’s Stormtrooper identification number was FN-2187. The number is a fun homage to detention cell 2187 located in Detention Block AA-23 aboard the first Death Star. Star Wars fans will recognize that as the cell that was used for the interrogation and detainment of Princess Leia Organa in A New Hope.

The number itself is a filmic homage “21-87,” the 10-minute experimental short film made in the mid-’60s by Canadian filmmaker Arthur Lipsett, which influenced Lucas as a young film student. Lucas has acknowledged that a line in the film spoken by the film’s cinematographer actually influenced the naming and concept of “the force.” Also worth noting the unintentional connection between that film and The Force Awakens: Roman Kroitor, the cinematographer heard in “21-87,” developed IMAX.

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Daniel Craig’s Cameo

While Star Wars: The Force Awakens was filming at Pinewood, it took up every stage on the studio lot but one: the Bond stage. And while filming was underway next door to the Spectre set (also on the Pinewood lot), we heard rumors that Daniel Craig was to have a secret cameo in the film, and despite the actor’s public denials, he does appear in the film as a stormtrooper.

But which one? After Rey is interrogated by Kylo Ren on Starkiller Base, she tries to convince a Stormtrooper to release her from her restraints and leave her cell door open.

“You will remove these restraints and leave this cell with the door open,” Rey tells the stormtrooper, played by Craig.

“I’ll tighten those restraints, scavenger scum,” Craig’s character responds.

You can’t tell its Craig’s voice but you can hear that it’s a British actor. The rest of the performance is hilarious.

The Hosnian System

The First Order blows up a bunch of planets in the Hosnian system, wiping out the Galactic Senate. The name of the system is actually a homage to film teacher Jim Hosney. You can read more about the man here.

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Michael Giacchino’s Cameo

Longtime J.J. Abrams collaborator Michael Giacchino was unable to score Episode VII due to the return of franchise symphonist John Williams, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a part of the movie. Giacchino also appears in the film as a stormtrooper, credited as “FN-3181” in the movie. I’m not sure if his number is an inside reference, but some are suggesting that its a jumbled up version of 1138, a reference to George Lucas’ science fiction film THX1138. Giacchino’s stormtrooper is the one who throws Poe Dameron down in front of Kylo Ren on Starkiller base.

Giacchino has a history of making cameo appearances in films (but usually ones he is involved in musically). He recently appeared in Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland as an operator on the Small World attraction at the New York World’s Fair (screenshot above). He appeared in Abrams’ Super 8 as Deputy Crawford. And he provided an uncredited voice appearance as a reporter in Bird’s Pixar animated feature Ratatouille.

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