Gareth Edwards’ Cameo in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Revealed!

During Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, it was revealed that Gareth Edwards will have a brief cameo in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII. In recent interview, the Rogue One director revealed that he also has a brief appearance in his own movie. Now, a sharp eyed fan has finally spotted the director in one of the final scenes of the movie.



SPOILERS for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story!


While Rogue One is not my favorite Star Wars movie, I think it has the best and most thrilling last 40 or so minutes of all the films from the galaxy far, far away. And the scene with Darth Vader at the end of Rogue One is probably the most affected scene I’ve seen in many years. We knew that Gareth Edwards’ cameo is to be found somewhere during this final sequence of the movie. Now, Twitter member Leonardo Valdivia has pinpointed the exact character played by Gareth Edwards.





So Gareth’s cameo, although brief, is a pretty important one. He is the rebel soldier who disengages the Tantive IV from Admiral Raddus’ ship, thus saving its crew, including Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2, and the Death Star plans. Very cool indeed. We all know what a huge Star Wars fan Edwards is, and he definitely deserved to appear in his own Star Wars movie.



Speaking of cameos, as we mention above, Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson also has a cameo in Rogue One. During Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 two images were shared showing that Johnson and his assistant are playing Death Star troopers.



From the image above we can conclude that they are playing the Death Star troopers manning the weapon’s superlaser. Very thankless job, especially after looking at the image below from A New Hope. 🙂




So, next time you watch Rogue One, make sure to pay extra attention to these two scenes.


Note: Title image from A New Hope.



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24 thoughts on “Gareth Edwards’ Cameo in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Revealed!

  • January 6, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Very cool. I would have done the same ! Gotta love Gareth all the more !

  • January 6, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Guaranteed himself a linchpin role in the Star Wars saga!

  • January 6, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Slightly related. I love the way that guy yells “LAUNCH!” just before Gareth bangs the switch. Chills man!

  • January 6, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    That clip is pirated.

    A written description of where the cameo appears in the film would be fine, there is absolutely no need to post a screenshot from a pirated version.

    • January 6, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      Don’t be fanatical.

      • January 6, 2017 at 10:37 pm

        Just wondering-

        Is watching a pirated version illegal?

      • January 7, 2017 at 10:22 pm

        Quite a defensive response, admission of guilt? I guess you turn a blind eye. I’ll let you get back to your torrenting.

        • January 8, 2017 at 12:50 am

          I cannot “admit” any guilt, for I am just a commenter and has nothing to do with what is posted at this site.

          But I do know what I think about this as an independent onlooker. There is a well-known judicial principle known as “de minimis non curat lex” — “the law does not deal with trifles”. Posting extended sequences from the movie would not be a trifle. Posting ONE SINGLE frame to illustrate a point for the purposes of review, analysis and criticism is perfectly acceptable.

          Your remark about torrenting is gratitious and insulting. You know nothing whatsoever about my Internet habits. If you do want to know, I’m not torrenting anything.

          I guess you must just sit down, write a letter to Disney and tell them how their copyrights are being shamelessly violated because a review article on a Star Wars site includes a blurrry image of one single frame from Rogue One. See how interested they are.

          • January 8, 2017 at 4:23 pm

            If only it was up to you to determine what is “trifle”. That’s not a determination you get to make. I’d already emailed It turns out they value their intellectual property highly 🙂

          • January 9, 2017 at 12:09 am

            Funny how the image is still in the article, then.

            Now how does that line in a recent movie go? “Be careful not to choke on your self-righteousness, troll.”

            Uhm… I probably don’t have it quite verbatim. But then, I guess I would be violating somebody’s copyright if I quoted a line from the movie correctly.

          • January 9, 2017 at 12:16 am

            Including blurry single-frame images. Sure.

      • January 7, 2017 at 10:24 pm

        It’s actually an objective remark (:

        • January 8, 2017 at 4:13 am

          you must be great at parties

          • January 8, 2017 at 4:24 pm

            Thank you. I am.

        • January 8, 2017 at 11:00 pm

          It’s actually your subjective opinion (:

    • January 8, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      I agree. I thought the same thing. I saw the movie 7 times so far to see all the Easter eggs and background details, because if you’re a fan you support your franchise. If he thinks posting a screenshot from a pirated version on his personal Twitter is a good idea it’s up to him. As interesting as the reveal is – I would never support such behavior.

  • January 6, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    But did Gareth survive A New Hope? We are led to believe that the crew members of the Tantive IV were either shot when the Imperials broke into their ship, or taken captive (on the Death Star?!)

    • January 7, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Spoilers: Luke kills POWs on Death Star I.

  • January 6, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Does anyone else think that Gareth looks weirdly similar to Ewan McGregor in that screenshot?

  • January 8, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Darth Vader is inside corridors of either the Tantive IV or Adm Radduss’ ship when he’s killing all the rebels. Then as soon as the Tantive IV detaches they show Vader and (stormtroopers?) in what appears to be an open-air docking bay.

    Something doesn’t make sense about how that works out …

    • January 8, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      I think it might’ve been a weird cut or something. Notice that Stormtroopers appear behind Vader as well, even though they clearly weren’t behind him in the corridor.

    • January 11, 2017 at 5:50 am

      Saw the movie again tonight. It’s clearer now that the gangplank Vader is on inside the docking back appears to be retracting as the stormtroopers walk up. And the docking bay doors behind him look the same as what we’d just seen. It’s just weird that there’s nothing above Vader’s head, where there had been moments earlier. You hear Captain Antilles tell a rebel to “secure the airlock” so maybe the gangplank extending into the airlock and the airlock extended over the gangplank in sort of a male/female mechanism.

  • January 11, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Much better than George’s stand around the opera one in Sith.

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