Two US comedy actors revealed as ‘voice consultants’ for ‘Star Wars’ BB-8 character

Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz worked alongside JJ Abrams on voice for ball-like droid

The voices behind BB-8, the round ball-like droid which appears in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, have been revealed as US comedy stars Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz.

Despite communicating primarily through a series of bleeps and beeps, there are two actors credited as “voice consultant” for the role. HitFix noted that Hader, who has appeared in Trainwreck, Superbad and many hit sitcoms, is one of the consultants. The other is Schwartz, best known for his role as Jean Ralphio on Parks and Recreation.

“JJ [Abrams] fucking around with this sound effects app on his iPad that was attached to a talk box operated by me,” Hader told HitFix about what his role involved. “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.”


Schwartz, meanwhile, made his involvement known through Twitter.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in UK cinemas today (December 17) and a day later in the US, where it has been given a roughly equivalent PG-13 rating.

The story takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jed but specific plot details are being kept tightly under wraps. The film’s script was penned by director J.J. Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast includes Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis. Ford recently confirmed that he has already seen the film, calling it “wonderful” and “a real big movie”.