WASHINGTON, January 8, 2015 – That cool Storm Trooper with that ultra neat baton is FN-2199, or Nines to his close friends. Nines backstory is that he was trained and served on a squad with Finn (then FN-2187) in the First Order. A short cameo with a big story!
And that story is unveiled on Twitter where fans offer clues to the Star Wars universe 140 characters at a time.
FN-2199 was voiced by Skywalker Sound sound editor David Acord – who absolutely nailed the “Traitor!” line delivery.
The actor in the white armor is played by Liang Yang, a stunt actor who has done stuntwork on films such as Kingsman: The Secret Service and Edge of Tomorrow.
Nines – gone but not forgotten
“The Force Awakens” is filled with homages to the previous six films.
Keen Star Wars fans quickly noted that Finn’s (John Boyega) FN-2187 designation in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, pays homage to Princess Leia’s cell block on the Death Star in “A New Hope.”
“Cell 2187” in “A New Hope” references the short film 21-87, directed by Arthur Lipsett, a film that reportedly inspired George Lucas to make the film THX-1138.
Other nods to the past include Warwick Davis who played an Ewok in ‘Return of the Jedi’ can be spotted as a bar patron in Maz Kanata’s cantina. When Rey first touches the Skywalker lightsaber, Frank Oz can be heard as the voice of Yoda, and both Alec Guiness and Ewan McGregor as old and young Obi Won can be heard speaking to her.
The film has brought out the humor in some: First look at the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Blue Rey Edition. pic.twitter.com/gV4qhe2Lqt
— PUNS (@WowSoPunny) January 5, 2016
Cameo’s from actors include:
- Daniel Craig made a faceless cameo as a Stormtrooper that guards Rey in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
- Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz created the voice of BB-8 using a synthesizer.
Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher’s daughter, appears briefly as a member of the Resistance named Lieutenant Connix.
- Simon Pegg played the junk dealer Unkar Plutt.
- Greg Grunberg who has a part in many of JJ Abrams films and TV shows played the X-Wing pilot Snap Wexley.
- Ken Leung from ‘Lost’ played Admiral Statura.
- Judah Friedlander of ’30 Rock’ also plays a bar patron.
- Michael Giacchino, a composer who has worked with JJ Abrams on a few projects played the stormtrooper who delivered Poe Dameron to Kylo Ren.
- Thomas Brodie-Sangster of ‘Maze Runner’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ plays a member of the First Order.
Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, and Cecep A. Rahman from ‘The Raid’ series (that JJ Abrams is a fan of) played members of Kanjiklub.
Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe Dameron in “The Force Awakens,” is the first Hispanic actor to portray a major character in a Star Wars film. His appearance in an Aynn Rand T-Shirt was welcomed by some
— PI Lawyer (@LearningToLaw) January 8, 2016
And it angered others
Millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened. https://t.co/KEtaHwbRxH
— Sam Caddick (@Sam_Caddick) January 7, 2016
Monopoly left Rey out of their character icons – and then said “we did not want to spoil the movie” an excuse many called out as being lame:
why was Rey left out of the Star Wars monopoly this is nOT OKAY EVEN AN 8 YEAR OLD CHILD KNOWS THIS IS NOT OKAY pic.twitter.com/IeCQOU6X9c
— PerksOfBeingAFanboy. (@LiamKelsall) January 6, 2016
Samuel L. Jackson is critical of the lightsaber battles saying they are just not slick enough:
“It’s done in the spirit of the Star Wars films,” he said, obviously holding back. “It’s adventuresome, it’s exciting in a way. I think the kids need to go to lightsaber fight school but that’s just me, they got time to get better.”
Harrison Ford is, once again the highest grossing actor of all time.
Thanks to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Harrison Ford has taken the highest grossing actor throne back from Samuel L. Jackson. Thanks to his anticipated 34 million payday, Ford is once again the highest grossing actor of all time at the domestic box office.
There is an uncanny resemblance between Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Hans Solo (Harrison Ford). Rumor has it that Kylo Ren’s cape is actually made from a piece of Darth Vader’s cape – though I find it hard to believe it would exist – unless we learn that Luke did not cremate it with his father:
And has led to the creation of the three greatest Twitter accounts ever (who ever said Star Wars geeks don’t have a sense of humor):