June 29, 2015 – Another sighting, another rumor: New York-born actor Ken Leung (born 21 January 1970) may be playing the role of a Resistance high officer in The Force Awakens.
The 45-year-old actor is best known for his role as Miles Straume on the American television drama Lost (2004-2010). He has also acted in Rush Hour (1998), Saw (2004), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and Shanghai Kiss (2007) as well as numerous other movies, television and Broadway appearances.
StarWars7News.com reports that Leung was seen being filmed on the set of The Force Awakens for only a few days, so he likely may have only a supporting role. He reportedly wore a brown or olive-colored military uniform with a red-orange belt, which is consistent with uniforms worn by the Resistance.
From a distance, he appears to be wearing a small rank insignia showing an “X” on his chest. According to the Rebel Rank chart below, the “X” may be five dots on a rectangular background, indicating the rank of General. The chart dates back to the Original Trilogy. The dots may now be replaced by small lines for the officers’ insignia in Episode VII.
Director J.J. Abrams co-created and produced Lost for six seasons (2004-2010) in which Leung had a recurring role. Abrams is known to tap into his long list of actor acquaintances for other productions. Just last week, for example, we reported HERE that Abrams’ childhood friend, Greg Grunberg, has likely been cast as an X-Wing pilot in The Force Awakens. It makes sense, therefore, that Abrams would tap an actor he is comfortable with (Leung) to appear in the seventh Star Wars film.
As with all “sightings” and rumors, take this one with a grain of salt. Perhaps Leung was just visiting his old friend on set for a cup of coffee and to watch J.J. Abrams filming his latest production. Perhaps he was trying on a costume for fun. Perhaps we won’t really know until December 18th, when the first true sequel to the Star Wars trilogy comes out.