The Galactic Empire is set to be policed by two Stormtroopers with a royal background to boast.
But it might require Star Wars: The Last Jedi viewers to pay extra attention to spot Prince William and Prince Harry as they sport their white armour and bucket-shaped helmets and pledge loyalty to the Imperial Army.
The royal cameo was all but confirmed by John Boyega after admitting that the secret has become too heavy to hide in the chest.
Asked whether the princes had lines in the highly-anticipated blockbuster, the English actor, who plays Finn in the The Force Awakens series, told the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:
‘’I think they took that scene out. I’ve had enough with those Prince William secrets man, because I swear—there was images or whatever online. They came on set, they were there, man. Tom Hardy was there too, man, I’ve said it.
‘’Someone leaked it or something, and then there was an image of some sort, and I was like ‘Damn!’ Every time I get asked I don’t know how to dodge it. Yeah, they were on set.’’
Boyega was referring to a royal visit in April last year, when the two brothers joined the Star Wars team at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. They returned almost exactly one year later for a behind-the-scenes tour. Prince William admitted he was a ‘total geek’ and took on his younger brother in a mock-up lightsabers duel.
The Duke of Cambridge reportedly dressed up in full Stormtrooper gear and filmed a scene in which Rey and Finn infiltrate a secret base.
The rumours have yet to be confirmed by Kensington Palace. Producers have equally kept a tight lip.
The epic space opera franchise was first filmed in 1977, the year of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
Directed by Rian Johnson, The Last Jedi is set to be released in the UK on 14 December.