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Royal Stars Wars cameo a bit of a tall order, as William and Harry’s Stormtrooper scene fails to make the cut

Princes William and Harry don’t appear as Stormtroopers in the Star Wars: The Last Jedi, after they were cut from the film for being too tall.

William, 6’2”, and his younger brother Harry, 6’1”, donned characteristic white body armour and helmets for a scene that was filmed during their visit to the film’s Pinewood studios set in April 2016.

BAFTA award-winning British actor John Boyega appeared to give the game away in December

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However the scene failed to make the final edit after it was realised the strapping royals towered over their Imperial counterparts.

The pair only learned their scene had ended up on the cutting-room floor at the film’s premier at the Royal Albert Hall, it is thought.

In it they were shown inside a lift, where one of them slaps the behind of DJ, the character played by actor Benicio Del Toro.

Mark Hamill, director Rian Johnson, Prince Harry, Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, John Boyega, Chewbacca and Daisy Ridley pose during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios April 2016

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But an unnamed source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Stormtroopers have to be exactly 5ft 11in. At the time we shot it I think the feeling was that the scene would make the final movie. The scene just didn’t work for the final cut so it was left out.’

There were suspicions the scene might not have been included ever since British actor John Boyege said as much in a television interview last December.

He told ITV’s This Morning: “’I did personally apologise to them [the Princes] yesterday and said, ‘Sorry you were cut out of the film.’ And Will was like, ‘I probably just need to work more on the skills.’ I was like, ‘Maybe, bruv.’ ‘

There is, however, one role for which the princes may be better suited….

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Boyega, who himself played a Stormtrooper in the franchise’s seventh and previous outing, The Force Awakens, subsequently appeared to backtrack, with a representative claiming he was only joking.

Fortunately for the Duke of Cambridge and Harry, an adult Wookie can grow up to 6’11” – raising the possibility that either could step in to play Chewbacca.

LucasFilm and Disney, the films’ producer and distributor, declined to comment.

Article Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/11/royal-stars-wars-cameo-bit-tall-order-william-harrys-stormtrooper/

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