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Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson revealed as evil General Hux in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Elaine McCahill

Published 13/07/2015 | 07:39

Actor Domhnall Gleeson and more than 6000 fans enjoyed a surprise
Actor Domhnall Gleeson and more than 6000 fans enjoyed a surprise "Star Wars" Fan Concert performed by the San Diego Symphony, featuring the classic "Star Wars" music of composer John Williams, at the Embarcadero Marina Park South on July 10, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Disney)
Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux
Actors Domhnall Gleeson (L), Harrison Ford and more than 6000 fans enjoyed a surprise "Star Wars" Fan Concert performed by the San Diego Symphony, featuring the classic "Star Wars" music of composer John Williams, at the Embarcadero Marina Park South on July 10, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Star Wars fans can rejoice as it has finally been revealed that Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson will play a villain in the upcoming instalment of the much-loved franchise.

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The Malahide native joined Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Comic-Con panel in San Diego on Friday which was attended by 7,000 fans.

The 32-year-old will play General Hux of the First Order and will operate from Starkiller Base, which is a reference to Luke Skywalker's original name in George Lucas's early drafts.

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Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux
Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux

"I'm evil. I mean, I'm British [in the film]. So, yeah," Gleeson told the crowd.

"These movies created a world of their own that was very particular and very beautiful, and they were copied a few times but they never succeeded in having the same magic.

Actors Domhnall Gleeson (L), Harrison Ford and more than 6000 fans enjoyed a surprise
Actors Domhnall Gleeson (L), Harrison Ford and more than 6000 fans enjoyed a surprise "Star Wars" Fan Concert performed by the San Diego Symphony, featuring the classic "Star Wars" music of composer John Williams, at the Embarcadero Marina Park South on July 10, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

"It's a huge honour and a little bit scary to take it on yourself, it's a bit mad," he said of taking on the role.

Domhnall revealed he watched all the other movies when he got the part.

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"I did like Star Wars when I was a kid. I saw the prequels first, I didn't see the full original films first all the way through," he said.

"So I went back and watched them all on a big screen and that made me incredibly excited about it. I've loved every second."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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