(Warning - the following contains a mild SPOILER for a scene mid-way through Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. However, care has been taken to not elaborate on its context, so if you want to know how to look out for the cameos also discussed below, it's relatively safe to read on...)
Now, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens isn't a movie lacking in cameos, whether they be from heavily-disguised geek favorites, beloved English character actors, or cunning combinations of the two - but that doesn't mean it features every cameo fans have been dreaming of ever since it was announced. After all, with a whole galaxy far, far away's worth of heroes and villains out there, some fans' hopes were always destined to be dashed.
As it turns out, though...
One Key Sequence Contained Three Huge Cameos...That Almost All of Us Missed
Now, to keep this article relatively SPOILER-FREE for anyone who hasn't seen the movie yet, I'm not going to say anything more about the sequence in question other than that it's the one in which Rey experiences a sort-of flashback.
Now, when I first watched that scene, I was apparently so ridiculously over-excited about the fact that a brand new Star Wars movie was happening in front of me that I completely failed to recognize that anyone was even talking during the sequence in question. The second time around, though, it became obvious that a number of different voices could be heard during the scene.
The best part?
Those Voices Were Arguably the Movie's Biggest Cameos
As director J.J. Abrams recently revealed to EW, the voices in that scene are none other than some of the galaxy's most iconic Jedi warriors:
"You do hear a little bit of Yoda. You hear Luke yelling out, ‘Nooo!’ from that moment in Empire. And you hear Obi-Wan at the end say, ‘Rey...these are your first steps'...Here’s the cool part. We asked Ewan McGregor to come in and do the line. And he was awesome and we were very grateful. He was incredibly sweet and handsome, and all that stuff. Then he rode off on his motorcycle. Literally the coolest voice over actor ever."
That, though, isn't even the coolest Obi Wan-themed element to the cameo. As Abrams noted, producer Bryan Burk one day came to him with something pretty darned magical: Obi Wan Kenobi's voice, saying 'Rey.' Abrams' response?
"I said, ‘That’s cool, is that the thing from Ewan McGregor?’...He said ‘No, we took a line from Alec Guinness saying ‘Afraid.’"
The best part, according to J.J.?
"They cut it, and you hear the performance – he’s saying it the way I would have begged Alec Guinness to have said it. It is so crazy perfect...So when you hear Obi-Wan talk to Rey it is both Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor doing the voice."
What's more, there was still room for a certain diminutive Jedi master to make an appearance. Specifically, Frank Oz as Yoda:
"He was incredibly generous and came in to Bad Robot, where we had a recording area, and he was doing Yoda, saying a number of lines we gave to him...This whole experience has been one outrageous moment after another. Just watching Frank Oz, you look at him and talk to him and his voice is very deep. I don’t know why I would have thought he sounded like Miss Piggy!...He was very generous to say, ‘Whatever makes the movie better, I’m happy to help out.'"
All of which is a) awesome, and b) a reminder that Star Wars means just as much to the vast majority of those who've helped to make it as it does to us.
Oh, and, of course, c) yet another solid argument in favor of a Ewan McGregor-starring Obi Wan solo movie. Y'know, if you needed any more evidence than this...
Which, presumably, you didn't.
What do you think, though?