Ade Edmondson lands Star Wars: Episode VIII role
Ade Edmondson has secured a role in 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'.
The 59-year-old comedian - most famous for appearing in sitcoms 'Bottom' and 'The Young Ones' with his late friend and writing partner Rik Mayall - will be entering the blockbuster sci-fi franchiser after impressing director Rian Johnson and executive producer J.J. Abrams but it is not yet known who he will be playing.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, a source said: "Ade is one of the most-loved comedy stars in the UK but even he would admit Star Wars is a surprise move for him.
"While J.J. Abrams isn't directing, he is still heavily involved and he is really keen on British talent.
"His character is top secret, like everything else to do with the film and its plot. But given his old comedy characters, it would make sense for them to give him an eccentric part."
Ade is the latest in a long-line of Brits to join the 'Star Wars' family.
Simon Pegg played Junkyard dealer Unkar Plutt in 'The Force Awakens', while John Boyega and Daisy Ridley played lead characters Finn and Rey respectively.
Shooting is currently taking place at Pinewood Studios in England and on location.
'Star Wars: Episode VIII' is due for release December 15, 2017.