"Star Wars'" newest member, BB-8, took the world by storm long before the final cut of "The Force Awakens" was finished. Following initial screenings of the much-anticipated film, HitFix's Drew McWeeny noticed an interesting position in the credits for the film: BB-8 Vocal Consultant. As it turns out, "Saturday Night Live" alum Bill Hader and "Parks and Recreation's" Ben Schwartz helped bring BB-8's unique voice to life.
"J.J. f**king around with this sound effects app on his iPad that was attached to a talk box operated by me," Hader told HitFix. "It looked ridiculous but it made BB-8's voice. At first I tried doing a voice, but we all agreed it sounded too human."
"You're looking at a bonafide BB8 voice over consultant. And nothing makes me happier. This movie is amazing," Schwartz tweeted out later. "Quite possibly the hardest and coolest secret I've ever had to keep. BB8 voice over consultant."
I was an official BB-8 voice over consultant for #forceawakens. Seeing my name in the credits of a Star Wars film made me smile so wide it almost tore my face. JJ did this franchise so proud. Can't wait for everyone to see!!! #StarWars
Directed by J.J. Abrams, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” stars franchise veterans Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow.
The film will be released wide Dec. 16 in France, Dec. 17 in the United Kingdom and Dec. 18 in North America.