The Voices of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars films have always had a vast visual landscape. But they also have an equally vast aural soundsc
ape, working in tandem with, and amplifying, what you see onscreen.
Part of Skywalker Sound’s and John Williams’ job is to complement the visuals of Star Wars and enhance the storytelling with a rich audio soundtrack. Just as our sound designers have to create sound effects for new weapons, vehicles, and ambiences, the dialogue department will turn to voice actors to populate these new worlds. And so it was with The Force Awakens.
You may have seen a section in the credits of The Force Awakens titled “Additional Voices,” with some familiar names listed. But who or what did all those familiar names play? I’m happy to finally reveal everyone below, running through the film chronologically. (There are also a couple of actor cameos in there that shall remain nameless (for now).)
Finally, I just want to thank all the voice actors who contributed to the film, including but not limited to those listed below. There are several scenes with layers and layers of voices that we can’t credit individually, but they make sequences come alive, and the film would not be the same without them.
With all that said, enjoy!
— Matthew Wood, Star Wars: The Force Awakens supervising sound editor
Attack on Jakku Village:
Stormtroopers: “Blast that X-wing!” “Over there, over there!” — Sam Witwer and David Collins
Alien Villager at gunpoint from two stormtroopers (Yells and Screams) — Dee Bradley Baker
Stormtrooper: “Keep moving!” “Stay here!” — Matthew Wood
Stormtrooper: “Nothing, Sir.” “Nothing here, go ahead!” — David Acord
Stormtrooper: “Check over there.” “Fan out!” “Copy that, 1138.” — James Arnold Taylor and Sam Witwer
Red Eyed Sand Alien (watching BB-8 roll away): “Kojima.” — Robert Stambler
PA Announcer (at Poe’s arrival): “Accelerator thrust compensator on Shuttle 338.” “Transponder code ship ID.” “Quantum field regulator/interpolator 385B.” — Sam Witwer
Teedo (Alien dialect during capture/release of BB-8, speaks with Rey) — David Acord
Alien Scavengers (reactions to Unkar Plutt’s “60 portions,” high pitched) — Matt Lanter and Karen Huie
Alien Scavengers (reactions to Unkar Plutt’s “60 portions,” low pitched) — Fred Tatasciore and Mark Dodson
The entire list including cameos by Sam WItwer, Kevin Smith and Cathering .Taber can be found on StarWars.com.