After reports of Prince William and Prince Harry making a debut in Star Wars: The Last Jedi surfaced online last year when the two visited the sets of the movie, fans got extremely excited to watch the royals share screen space with their favorite movie characters. But, unfortunately, their scenes didn’t make it into the final film as the filmmakers decided to cut their cameo scenes.
Prince William and Prince Harry’s cameo scenes as stormtroopers in Star Wars: The Last Jedi were cut for being too tall. Notably, Stormtroopers have a height limit of 5ft 11inches. According to Telegraph, William, 6’2”, and his younger brother Harry, 6’1”, were found to be too tall to be stormtroopers. The two exceeded height requirements to be a stormtrooper. This is the reason that the Royals’ cameo appearances didn’t make it into the final film.
“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,” a source close to the production explained. “Everyone feels bad that William and Harry lost out on their big moment. However, the scene just didn’t work for the final cut so it was left out.”
Prince William and Prince Harry filmed their scenes for Star Wars: The Last Jedi when they visited Pinewood Studios in April 2016. They shot for a scene alongside Benicio Del Toro’s codebreaker, DJ. The royal duo as stormtroopers had to escort Finn, Rose, and DJ into an elevator. The scene also had Tom Hardy and singer Gary Barlow playing as stormtroopers. Both Tom and Gary stand at 5′ 9″. So, in the scene, the two royals’ were clearly much taller than the others.
It was only when Prince William and Prince Harry attended the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere in London, that they got to know their scenes were not included in the final film. But the news did not stop the royal brothers from enjoying the night.
Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi has earned more than $1.325 billion worldwide to date.
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