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Star Wars: Composer Michael Giacchino Confirms Secret Cameo in The Rise of Skywalker

Rise of Skywalker Poster and Sith Trooper

Star Wars cameos serve as a form of currency since the return of the theatrical franchise in 2015. Daniel Craig played a mind-tricked Stormtrooper in The Force Awakens while shooting Spectre right next door at Pinewood Studios. Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman served as the Death Star troops that turn their heads as the superlaser fires, and in return, director Gareth Edwards played a Resistance soldier in The Last Jedi on Crait.

There were several Easter egg cameos in 2019's The Rise of Skywalker, most notably the appearance of the maestro himself, John Williams. Mark Hamill performed the voice of Boolio in addition to Luke Skywalker, and has now appeared in every film in the Disney era. As things always go, we're still learning about Episode IX half a year following its release, with this latest tidbit adding another high-profile creative into the Star Wars cameo ranks...

NEWS

In a tweet wishing director JJ Abrams a happy birthday, Michael Giacchino shared an image revealing his cameo in The Rise of Skywalker. The composer, who wrote the score for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, played a Sith Trooper during the final battle.

WHAT THIS MEANS

Giacchino has been a long-time friend and collaborator with Abrams, so it comes to little surprise that he found his way into a Star Wars film. The composer delivered an excellent score for Rogue One in 2016, which was made all the more impressive by the fact that it was written in four weeks following the last-minute departure of Alexandre Desplat.

The word on the street is that Giacchino will be doing the music for the Cassian Andor Disney+ series, a rumor that spread after a cryptic tweet shared by the composer to the official Star Wars account. Giacchino has been among the top professionals in his business for the last two decades, and John Williams' retirement from Star Wars will provide the younger composer with the chance to carry the maestro's legacy forward.