Well there’s no getting away from it; the world seems to have gone Star Wars mad with the new movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting cinemas earlier this week to applause from fans and critics alike. Now it seems even the British Army Air Corps are getting their share of the success with news that they are assisting in the filming of Rogue One: A Star Wars story expected out next year.
The makers of Star Wars, Lucasfilm and Disney have hired members of the British Army to serve as extras in the upcoming movie about the mission to steal the Death Star plans. Director Gareth Edwards said he planned to make the most realistic sci-fi combat experience yet with Rogue One and to do that he needed people who really what air combat was really like.
One extra/Army Air Corps pilot said to Forces.TV;
All the guys on our squadron are massive Star Wars fans. When our Officer Commanding asked us if we wanted to be an extra in the next film during a morning brief, nobody put their hands up. We all thought it must be a wind-up. It took him most of the day to convince us that he really did know someone who was looking for a body of men to mill around in the background and do what they were told.