According to Making Star Wars, Tom Hardy will have a small cameo role in Star Wars: Episode VIII.
The rumour is that he’ll play a First Order stormtrooper who will run into Finn, who is on a secret mission. Finn is then “surprised when the stormtrooper walks up behind him and slaps him on the ass.” Finn is sure he’ll be captured but instead Hardy “is elated to see his old friend from back during their First Order academy days.” So he leaves him to go about his business.
Whether we’ll see Hardy without the helmet, we don’t know but we’ll definitely be hearing his voice, much like Daniel Craig in The Force Awakens.
Star Wars: Episode 8 hits screens on December 15, 2017.