There’s no denying that Star Wars: The Last Jedi was packed full of Easter eggs. Rian Johnson’s middle entry into the current trilogy was working with roughly 40 years’ worth of accumulated lore when it debuted back in December. But that’s not where the secrets end. The film also included a handful of surprising cameos and even a few callbacks to the now-expunged Expanded Universe.
Lucasfilm Story Group's Leland Chee, Pablo Hidalgo, Matt Martin and Rayne Roberts recently sat down with Andi Gutierrez, host of Disney’s Star Wars Show, to reveal some of the movie’s best kept secrets. Here’s a few of the major takeaways.
First off, there’s a compass in Luke’s possession that was designed in tantum with the recently released Star Wars Battlefront II single-player campaign. Luke picks up the compass during the game, and it eventually leads him to Ahch-To, the birthplace of the Jedi Order.
Luke also has a kyber crystal necklace, something of a contentious point for Expanded Universe fans. This is the first time a kyber crystal has been glimpsed in a mainline Star Wars film. The crystals were once used by the Jedi and Sith to create lightsabers, as well as a handful of superweapons. Luke became a Jedi sometime after the Order’s end, so the crystal’s appearance is a reference to his galactic explorations.
Speaking of galactic starfaring, the reason why Poe Dameron knows just where to attack the First Order dreadnought in the film’s opening is answered in a recent Star Wars Battlefront II downloadable mission. The mission saw the game’s protagonist, Iden Versio, transfer the dreadnought plans to the Resistance after she defected.
Those who were still mourning the death of Han Solo were likely happy to see the Millennium Falcon’s iconic dice return. It turns out the dice reappearing was originally going to be a reference to Star Wars: The Force Awakens until director J.J. Abrams removed said scene. The result is that The Last Jedi inadvertently ended up referencing A New Hope, the first film in which the dice appear.
There are plenty more Easter eggs discusses in the above video (which is nearly a half-hour long). If you want a second go at spotting all the secrets, fear not. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is still in theaters. Directed by Rian Johnson, the films stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron.