You know Hollywood is a tough town when its hardest working actor – and perhaps its nicest guy – can’t score a cameo role in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Solo director Ron Howard recently revealed that Tom Hanks asked to cameo as a Stormtrooper in the latest Star Wars incarnation. Given what an ace-in- the-hole the Star Wars dynasty is, it’s not surprising that major stars are working angles to land roles in Disney and Lucasfilms productions. Screenrant notes the Star Wars celebrity cameo trend started with Daniel “James Bond” Craig’s cameo turn as a Stormtrooper in The Force Awakens. Princes William and Harry have even jumped on the bandwagon with their cleverly disguised Stormtrooper turns in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Unfortunately, their scene was cut when it was discovered that William and Harry, 6’1” and 6’2” respectively, are too tall and towered over the heads of their counterparts. Industry insiders say Stormtroopers have to be exactly 5’11”.
Hanks and Howard are old friends who have collaborated on many films together: Splash, Apollo 13 and the Da Vinci Code series. Hanks even hilariously impersonates his friend in an “America’s Funniest Pets” sketch on Saturday Night Live. Perhaps Howard can put in a good word for Hanks with J.J. Abrams, set to write and direct the next major trilogy film, Star Wars 9. Although it might not do Hanks much good to clear his schedule before filming starts on the next Star Wars movie. His official biography lists him at 6-feet-tall.