Check Out This Major ‘Rogue One’ Easter Egg in ‘The Last Jedi’
Star Wars: The Last Jedi definitely got fans talking. The most recent episode of the Skywalker saga is likely to become the most divisive of the entire franchise. Reactions have ranged from admiration to disappointment to downright anger. But even if you didn’t like The Last Jedi, there are at least some aspects that can be appreciated.
As expected, The Last Jedi had a ton of little Easter eggs, cameos, and callbacks to previous movies. There are a few references to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, including one mind-blowing, easily forgotten moment. Check out that, plus the rest of the secrets and Easter eggs we found. It should go without saying, but spoilers ahoy!
1. So many cameos
If you thought Star Wars: The Force Awakens packed in the celebrity cameos, The Last Jedi easily has it beat. Tom Hardy and Princes Harry and William make appearances as stormtroopers. Rian Johnson favorite Joseph Gordon-Levitt voices a Canto Bight alien named Slowen Lo. Carrie Fisher’s dog, Gary, is seen in the casino, as well as Justin Theroux as the master codebreaker.
Star Wars veteran Warwick Davis also has a role, playing an alien at Canto Bight. Other celebrity guest appearances include singer Ellie Goulding, James Corden, Noah Segan, Lily Cole, and Mark Hamill’s family. A whole lot of actors from Game of Thrones appeared, as well.
2. Luke’s improvised door
When Rey first arrives on Ahch-To, she notices that Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing fighter is hiding in the shallow water. The question that many fans asked at that point was whether or not the X-Wing was still able to fly. We know, thanks to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, that X-Wings can be submerged and still be operational. But did Luke damage the ship purposefully to make sure he could never leave the island?
That last part is still a mystery, but eagle-eyed fans noticed that the door to Luke’s hut — the one that Chewie blows open — was a large piece of metal taken directly from his ship. Once Rey leaves Ahch-To in the Millennium Falcon, Skywalker almost certainly had no way of leaving to join the fight. That sets up probably the biggest twist in the entire movie.
3. Astral projection has been seen before
Speaking of that twist, the Force power that Luke uses to project his image across the galaxy is called astral projection. Most fans were left pondering what, exactly, the Jedi Master had done and how he pulled it off. But diehards will know that Force projecting first appeared in the now Expanded Universe Dark Empire novels.
This isn’t the first time the Force power has been seen in the new canon, either. In a Season 2 episode of Star Wars Rebels, Yoda appears to Ezra Bridger from across the galaxy to pass on some wisdom. Although, there is some debate over whether this is the same exact Force power or merely a variation.
4. Luke fails Ben Solo
It’s no secret that Luke’s failure in training Ben Solo and the subsequent destruction of the Jedi temple and rise of the First Order is meant to mirror that of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s failure with Anakin Skywalker. But if that weren’t enough, there is actually a line in The Last Jedi that references this parallel.
In the final moments on Crait, Luke says, “I have failed you” to Kylo Ren. This the same line that Obi-Wan says to Anakin at the end of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, just before he cuts off the misguided Jedi’s limbs and seals his transformation into Darth Vader.
5. Admiral Raddus lives on
One tie-in with Rogue One is the title of Leia’s ship. The main rebel ship makes it nearly all the way through the movie, before Amilyn Holdo goes into light-speed to destroy the Supreme Leader Snoke’s ship, Supremacy. The ship’s name? The Raddus, a callback to Admiral Raddus and his major role in Rogue One.
You’ll recall that Raddus was one of the first in the rebellion to take up the fight in the Battle of Scarif, and ultimately it cost him his life. In the final moments, Vader boarded Raddus’ ship in an attempt to get back the stolen Death Star plans.
6. Hyperspace tracking
Probably the coolest Easter Egg in The Last Jedi is a big-time throwback to Rogue One. One of the biggest plot points of the movie relates to the First Order tracking the Resistance through hyperspace, which is technology that is thought not to even exist. For the Resistance, the majority of the film is spent trying to figure out how to undermine their tracking system.
At the end of Rogue One, which takes place roughly 35 years prior to The Last Jedi on the Star Wars timeline, Jyn Erso is reading the names of files on the base at Scarif while searching for the Death Star plans. One of those files? “Hyperspace tracking.” It seems that the Empire was well on their way to discovering this technology, but Grand Moff Tarkin’s decision to use the Death Star to destroy the base set hyperspace tracking technology back a few decades.
7. A clue in Leia: Princess of Alderaan
In the 2017 Claudia Gray novel, Leia: Princess of Alderaan, a whole lot of previously unknown information about one of Star Wars‘ most popular characters is uncovered. The book follows a 16-year-old Leia on a personal journey to prove herself worthy of the royal status. Along the way she meets new friends, including a strange young girl named Amilyn Holdo.
The book also describes Leia discovering her parents’ involvement in the Rebellion and details her finding her father at a secret rebel base on the mineral planet of Crait. This ties in with The Last Jedi and explains how Holdo knew that there would be an old, abandoned rebel base with tight security.
8. A callback to Return of the Jedi
When Rey first hands the Skywalker lightsaber to Luke on Ahch-To, Johnson made a point to zoom in close on Luke’s hands. While the pseudo-skin once present on his mechanical hand is gone, it’s clear that it’s the same one that was originally attached to his arm at the very end of Empire Strikes Back. Ever so slightly, a burn mark is visible from when Luke took blaster fire to his hand on Jabba’s sail barge in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
9. The Beastie Boys?
Apparently, J.J. Abrams is a big Beastie Boys fan. The Resistance pilot Ello Asty from The Force Awakens was a direct reference to the group’s album, Hello Nasty. Johnson took it one step further in The Last Jedi, creating the Canto Bight character Slowen-Lo (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) to be named after the Beastie Boys song “Slow and Low.”
10. ‘Look how old you’ve become’
At the very beginning of The Force Awakens, the first line spoken by Kylo Ren is “Look how old you’ve become.” That was said to Lor San Tekka, the mysterious old man that gave Poe Dameron a piece of the map to Luke Skywalker. It was Ren’s way of taunting a man he once knew as a boy before ending his life.
So it was interesting that when Luke appeared to Ren on Crait, his projection was much younger. His hair was darker and he looked far less disheveled than he appeared earlier in the film on Ahch-To. It’s likely that Luke did this to remind his nephew of his appearance at the time of Ren’s betrayal, but it was no doubt intended to be a psychological advantage.
11. Rogue One director Gareth Edwards
Johnson made a Rogue One cameo as one of the workers operating the laser on the Death Star. He’s seen from a distance and his face is hard to make out, but it’s him. So of course Johnson would return the favor to Rogue One director Gareth Edwards, right?
In the final scene on Crait, there is a Resistance fighter in the trench that takes a taste of the material on the ground and notes that it’s salt. The guy seen looking at him like he’s crazy is Edwards.
12. Those golden dice
One of the more emotional points of the movie was near the end, when we see Luke and Leia on screen together for the final time. Even though it wasn’t actually Luke but merely a projection, it still touches all the right notes.
Luke brings the pair of golden dice he took from the Millennium Falcon earlier in the movie, which was a good luck charm of Han’s. This is an Easter egg from Star Wars: A New Hope, when they can be visible hanging in the cockpit after Luke, Han, Chewie, Obi-Wan, and the droids leave Tatooine.
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