Does Ted Cruz look like this Imperial officer from ‘Return of the Jedi’?

Ted Cruz’s favorite movie is reportedly “The Princess Bride,” but he has a connection to another beloved ’80s movie.

USE THIS PHOTO  A1 CENTERPIECE U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, marks the start of his presidential campaign by giving the convocation address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S., on Monday, March 23, 2015. By kicking off his campaign at the Virginia Christian college founded by the late evangelist Jerry Falwell, rather than a venue in his home state, Cruz is signaling he’ll court religious conservatives as well as small-government tea-party activists as he competes to become the lead anti-establishment candidate in the party contest. Photographer: Jay Paul/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Ted Cruz

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, marks the start of his presidential campaign by giving the convocation address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S., on Monday, March 23, 2015. Photographer: Jay Paul/Bloomberg

An observant Twitter user spotted the Texas senator’s doppelganger in the opening scene of “Return of the Jedi,” as Imperial officers await the arrival of Darth Vader.

Cruz’s lookalike can be spotted at the 1:37 mark in the clip below. The man is decidedly not Ted Cruz  (especially since Cruz said he waited in line for two hours for “Empire Strikes Back” as a child), but the actor shares some of the Texas senator’s trademark facial features.

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The tweet was in response to a thumbnail image Uproxx used in a tweet promoting its review of “Rogue One.” The review argues that the latest installment in the “Star Wars” franchise reiterates that the series has always been political, no matter what Disney’s CEO or Trump supporters who are boycotting the film might say.

Most of the responses to the find centered on jokes about the conspiracy theories surrounding Cruz, namely, the Zodiac Killer meme that just won’t go away.

Those conspiracy theories have no evidence to support them, but Cruz has said in the past that “The Force Awakens” made him cry, so maybe he’ll get a kick out of this Internet theory.

“Rogue One” opens tomorrow in select theaters and goes in wide release Friday. Read our Statesman review of the film here.


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