Have you seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Here are some Easter Eggs and Cameos you'll see in the movie. The following contains spoilers. If you haven't seen it, stop reading now!
***Seriously, stop reading now if you haven't seen the movie and you don't want it ruined. You've been warned. Spoilers Ahead***
Vintage X-Wing Fighter Helmet
While Rey is eating her meal portion outside her AT-AT “home” on Jakku, she is seen with a vintage helmet. That helmet is a vintage X-Wing Fighter Pilot helmet. We don't know if it's a clue to her parents or a clue to what happened on Jakku before Episode VII, but it's fun to see her try it on either way.
X-Wing Fighter Pilot Doll
Just before Rey is outside with the helmet, we see her inside preparing her meal, and we see a pan shot of her home. In that shot of a homemade X-Wing Fighter Pilot doll, possibly something she had as a young child that she brought with her to Jakku.
Finn's Stormtrooper number, FN-2187 has a special meaning—it's not simply a random digit. 2187 is also the prison cell number in the Death Star where Princess Leia was held captive.
The number 2187 holds a special meaning for George Lucas. 21-87 is a 1963 Canadian abstract collage film created by Arthur Lipsett. Lucas used it in Star Wars and a number of other works, including American Graffiti and his pure cinema short films (6-18-67, 1:42.08, and Look at Life), his short film Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB, and the feature that inspired, THX 1138, which is dated as taking place on '05-14-2187.
Cloud City Corridor
In the basement of Maz Kanata's bar when Rey touches Luke Skywalker's lightsaber, the hallway lights up when she is transported at the beginning of her vision. That corridor sure looks like the Cloud City Corridor and you even hear what sounds like Luke screaming “Nooooo” in the background. A clue to her heritage? Possibly? Or just because it's from his lightsaber. Could be. Either way, you can't discount the resemblance to that Cloud City Corridor.
The chest that Rey finds Luke Skywalker's lightsaber in at Maz Kanata's basement looks remarkably like the same one that Obi-Wan Kenobi retrieves the lightsaber from when he gives it to Luke in Star Wars: A New Hope.
Iconography of Sunsets
While this is all speculation and theory, there are several moments of sunsets on Jakku that looks eerily similar to Tatooine. Intentional to hint at Rey's heritage or coincidental of desert landscape? Or did Jakku used be Tatooine? Have you seen some of the shots from the Battlefront game? Maybe Jakku is a region on Tatooine? I mean, that would leave us to wonder what would have happened to the other twin sun of Tatooine, but the way the Empire is sucking energy from the sun and destroying planets, anything is possible.
John Williams' The Force Theme from Episode IV an be heard several times in Episode VII, most prominently during Rey's battle scene with Kylo Ren. There are a few other time, too, where this theme overlays. Again, intentional hinting at Rey's genealogy or coincidental timing? I tend to think the first, but it's all theory and speculation.
Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi are Back
Well, their voices are. It's been confirmed that the voices of Frank Oz (Yoda) and Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor (both as Obi-Wan) are voice overs in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you listen carefully to Rey's vision in Maz Kenata's basement, you can hear their voices. Alec Guinness says, “Rey,” and Ewan McGregor says, “Rey, these are your first steps.”
Daniel Craig has a cameo appearance as a Stormtrooper. Harrison Ford worked with him on Cowboys and Aliens (random fun fact, Harrison Ford bought the horses they rode in that movie as a keepsake). Allegedly he is the Stormtrooper who releases Rey from hold via her Jedi mind trick after Kylo Ren has restrained her.
I'm pretty sure those are podracers in the background of the scene in Jakku like this one.
Also, let's talk about Maz Kanata for a moment. Those sure look like pod racing goggles to me. Have you watched the Phantom Menace lately? There's a scene in Anakin's room. On the dresser, it looks like he has a little figure of Maz Kanata. And Maz looks to have some pod racing flags at the outpost to her pirate bar. Coincidence? Maybe those eyes she'd seen before weren't actually Finn's but Rey's—or someone in Rey's genealogy.
“Starkiller” was Luke Skywalker's last name in George Lucas's original drafts of the first Star Wars movie.
Kylo Ren receives a cut, which will likely turn into a face scar, during his battle with Rey that matches the one Anakin receives. Now he matches his idol.
Like mother, like daughter
Both had the acting bug and an inkling for Star Wars at a young age. Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher's daughter, has a role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and is rocking the danish buns.
“I've got a bad feeling about this.”
Han delivers this iconic line, just as he has in every Star Wars film he's been in.
Rey warns BB-8 to stay off “Kelvin Ridge.” Kelvin is J.J. Abrams grandfather and makes a reference into many of his works, including Star Trek, Lost, Mission Impossible III, and Super 8.
The pink R2-KT droid is present at the Resistance base in honor of Katie Johnson (at three points in the movie, actually). If you don't know the story, the R2-KT was created to keep Katie company after she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in 2004 by the R2 Builders’ Club. Katie died in 2005.
So there's probably 50 more I could post (other original Trilogy characters and cast members, Game of Thrones, JJ's dad—I know there are a ton, but this post is almost 1,000 words already). Share below any more Easter Eggs or cameos you'd notices.
My friend Carol did an Easter Eggs & Cameo post over at AllMommyWants.com, too, so you should totally go read her post next.
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