Star Wars: The Last Jedi is packed with Easter eggs, cameos, and references to all kinds of things from that galaxy far, far away. Here’s everything we found.
Warning: beware of spoilers!
When Rey hands Luke his lightsaber, if you look closely at the back of his mechanical hand, it still has the same burn scar from when it was shot by a blaster bolt during the fight above the Sarlacc pit at the beginning of Return of the Jedi.
Luke drinks green milk from an alien, a nod to the blue milk he drank at a meal with his aunt and uncle in A New Hope.
At one point Luke mentions “Darth Sidious,” the only time he’s ever referred to Emperor Palpatine by that name, and a subtle bit of connective tissue to the prequels.
The dissolves between Kylo and Leia as they share a mental connection during the First Order’s retaliatory attack early in the film are the same as when Luke reaches out to Vader after their battle in The Empire Strikes Back.
R2-D2’s Leia message from A New Hope is hardly hidden but it’s obviously a callback, and a clever way to entice Luke back into the fight against the First Order. After all, it worked the first time.
We see Leia dressed in white with her head covered and firing her blaster on Poe in stun mode, which is reminiscent of her firing on the stormtroopers (and them stunning her) in A New Hope.
During Luke’s Force illusion, he says he’ll become more powerful if Kylo Ren strikes him down, calling back to what Obi-Wan Kenobi told Darth Vader during their duel in A New Hope.
Han Solo’s golden dice were originally seen in A New Hope (if you look super close in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon). Even though you can’t see them in The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi, we’re assuming they were still there because they are back in The Force Awakens. Originally they were real dice painted gold, but for The Last Jedi they were redesigned to look more “Star Warsy” with symbols similar to those seen in use on Canto Bight.
During Luke’s final moments, he sees two setting suns, a direct visual callback to the binary sunset on Tatooine when his journey first began.
Also, the Force-sensitive kid at the end looks up at the stars the same way a young Luke once looked off into that sunset, wistfully imagining a life full of adventure beyond his meager beginnings.
The battle of Crait bears a lot of resemblance to the battle of Hoth from Empire Strikes Back. There are bad guys using walkers to assault a base on a planet with a white surface as the good guys use speeders to hold them off while everyone escapes.
When the horse-like Fathiers stampede through the Canto Bight casino, the liquid in a glass on the table ripples from their footsteps the same way the cup of water ripples when the T-Rex is approaching in Jurassic Park. (Actress Laura Dern, who played Vice Admiral Holdo, starred in Jurassic Park as Dr. Ellie Sattler.)
The entire Snoke throne room confrontation has numerous similarities to the Palpatine sequence at the end of Return of the Jedi:
Rey is put in handcuffs just like Luke was.
While in the elevator going up to the throne room, Rey tells Kylo that there’s still good in him just like Luke said to Vader when he surrendered himself on Endor.
Snoke’s Praetorian Guard are dressed in bright red, not unlike Palpatine’s Royal Guard.
Snoke forces Rey to look out the window as the Resistance fleet is attacked just like the Emperor told Luke to watch the Rebel fleet get ambushed.
Snoke puts Rey’s lightsaber on the arm of his chair just like the Emperor did with Luke’s.
Rey tries to Force grab the lightsaber just like Luke did, and neither of these attempts at an attack were successful, with Snoke using the Force to hit Rey on the head with the lightsaber and return it to his chair and Darth Vader blocking Luke’s swing at the Emperor.
Kylo betrays his master to save Rey just like Vader killed the Emperor to save his son.
Now let’s dive into cameos!
The director of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Gareth Edwards, makes a cameo as the Resistance fighter right next to the guy who tastes a bit of the surface and says, “It’s salt.”
While talking to IGN Japan, director Rian Johnson revealed that director Edgar Wright and writer Joe Cornish make cameos in the film, although we’re not sure who they played.
An alien based on Carrie Fisher’s dog Gary appears in the movie as the pet of a larger alien in the Canto Bight casino.
Lead actor of The Leftovers, Justin Theroux appears as the Master Codebreaker that Maz Kanata instructed Poe, Finn and Rose to seek out for help.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the star of Johnson’s Brick and Looper, is listed in the credits as the voice of a character named Slowen-Lo,yet another Star Wars character in this new trilogy named after a Beastie Boys song. Slowen-Lo is a play on “Slow and Low,” joining the ranks of Ello Asty riffing on “Hello Nasty” and Ilco Munica on “Ill Communication.”
In the scene where Finn and Rose are captured by the First Order, there are a few notable people who cameo as Stormtroopers. Reports say that Tom Hardy and English singer Gary Barlow are among them. Actor John Boyega revealed that British Princes William and Harry also filmed Stormtrooper cameos, but that they didn’t make the final cut of the film.
That’s all the cool stuff we found in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Let us know what you spotted in the comments.
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