Star Wars just keeps on surprising us with its cast list.
Two years ago, the franchise surprised Hollywood when it cast relative unknowns John Boyega and Daisy Ridley for the lead roles in The Force Awakens.
Now, Star Wars: Episode VIII has found a new cast member in British comedian Ade Edmondson, who starred in the Eighties comedy The Young Ones and the Nineties sitcom Bottom.
Right now, the specifics of Edmondson's role in the movie is unknown, but it's interesting how the 59-year-old, who is known for slapstick, landed the role. Movie insiders are reportedly calling the casting as one of the most questionable in Star Wars history.
Apparently, Edmondson bagged a role in the film after impressing Episode VIII Director Rian Johnson and Executive Producer J.J. Abrams, according to The Sun.
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 JJ Abrams isn't directing, he is still heavily involved and he is really keen on British talent.
Ade is starting to go back to his acting roots after doing a lot of reality TV recently and this is a huge deal for him. 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.
Edmondson isn't the only comedian to have been cast in Star Wars: Episode VIII. In February, it was revealed that rising star Kelly Marie Tran is also joining the highly anticipated movie. John Boyega even commented on how he was impressed with the actress.
From the looks of it, Episode VIII will be infused with more humor than what everyone expects. I have no doubt about Abrams and Johnsons' decision though, since Boyega and Ridley had been unlikely choices before as well but they proved more than deserving of their roles.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is slated for release on December 15, 2017.