A long time ago, when a leading role in Star Wars must have seemed a prospect far, far away, John Boyega took a job very familiar to most budding actors: he became a part-time model for cheesy stock images.

Photographer Chris Schmidt recently unearthed a series of snaps that he took a while back and that – upon reflection – featured an instantly recognisable face. “I did an education themed stock photo shoot with a bunch of teenage students; it turns out John Boyega did quite well afterwards,” he wrote on Facebook.

Responding to the resurfaced pics, Boyega tweeted that he “used the money for new trainers”. Wonder how many trainers he could purchase with his Star Wars wage packet.