‘Star Wars’ Fans Discovered a Brilliant Connection Between ‘The Last Jedi’ and ‘A New Hope’

The first Star Wars film, A New Hope, hit theaters in 1977. Since then, the Star Wars fandom and franchise has exploded.

Over four decades later, the Star Wars franchise is still pushing out new films and attracting a new generation of fans. Since the Star Wars franchise has such as long history, creators of the films are able to interconnect newer films with the older ones in a variety of ways.

Many hardcore Star Wars fans have been able to detect some epic connections between the first Star Wars film, A New Hope, and one of the latest films, The Last Jedi.

‘A New Hope’ recap 

Mark Hamill
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The first Star Wars film ever released was A New Hope. This epic space-opera film hit theaters in 1977 and quickly became a blockbuster hit. While the initial film received rave reviews, hardly anyone could have predicted that the Star Wars franchise would be afloat over 40 years later. Nor could anyone have predicted that the first film would create a fandom that would rage on for years into the future. However, that is exactly what has happened. 

In the first film, we meet a host of characters, including Darth Vader, Leia, Luke Skywalker, and Han Solo. The premise of the film is that Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, and Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford, must come together with R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue Princess Leia from Darth Vader. Ultimately, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo are able to rescue the princess, and all is well in the Star Wars realm for a short while. 

‘The Last Jedi’ recap 

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In 2017, 40 years after the first film was released, Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit the big screen. The Last Jedi is the second installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. The main protagonist in The Last Jedi is Rey, played by Daisy Ridley. Rey was left behind on the planet of Jakku as a young child.

Rey goes up against a series of adversaries throughout her Star Wars journey, including Supreme Leader Snoke, Kylo Ren, and Emperor Palpatine, her biological grandfather. While the film primarily revolves around Rey, Luke Skywalker plays a significant role in the film as well. 

Fans have spotted some epic connections 

While the two films of A New Hope and The Last Jedi are 40 years apart, they share many overlaps and connections. The primary creator of The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, has expertly found some unique ways to connect scenes in The Last Jedi to premises of the original film. While the connections are portrayed subtly, diehard Star Wars fans have been able to detect many of these connections. 

Some fans of the Star Wars franchise have taken to Reddit to discuss the epic connections they have been able to see between the two films. One fan wrote, “”Yeah, there’s a lot of connections like this in TLJ. One I found out recently is if you play ANH and TLJ at the same time, R2 shows Luke Leia’s message at relatively the same time stamp, I believe it’s around the 28-minute mark.”

Another fan echoed this sentiment, writing, “Man, I love the sequels so much. It’s little connections like this that just do it for me.”

Ultimately, fans appreciate the little Easter eggs that are sprinkled throughout the new Star Wars sequel films and take great pleasure in being able to discover them. 

[Correction: An earlier version said the films were 30 years apart, not 40.]