Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is filled with easter eggs and references to previous pieces of the Star Wars saga. What follows is a complete Rogue One easter eggs compilation I have seen on the internet. It includes cameos, references, characters, locations, tributes to other films and previous Star Wars history and much much more. In all, there are over 40 Rogue One easter eggs.
I’ve tried not to include the most obvious things (like Darth Vader, Yavin IV, moisture vaporators, familar alien species like the mon calamari or ships), although some prominent appearances are included.
Godzilla and Gareth Edwards’ Monsters
If you look carefully around Saw Gerrera’s cave, you might see some references to Rogue One director Gareth Edward’s previous films. The filmmaker revealed on the Star Wars Show that some of the paintings on the wall pay homage to his early career:
In Saw’s cave, there are some cave paintings. One of them is of the creatures that were in my first film, called Monsters, and then there’s some MUTOs and Godzilla. I didn’t ask for it, they just did it as a joke. I came in one day and spotted it in the middle of a take.
The above image if from Pablo Hidalgo’s great Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide. On eight-year-old Jyn Erso’s bed we see a bunch of her childhood toys which feature a bunch of cool Star Wars easter eggs and references.
The toys include a stormtrooper doll she called “Stormie”, a stuffed Loth Cat named “Koodie the Tooka”, a wampa doll, an IG-88 looking figure she calls “Mr. Iggy,” and a bunch of homemade toys including an R2 series Astromech, an Alderaan cruiser, a TIE Fighter, a Jedi cruiser, Imperial star destroyer and Jedi Fighter with hyperspace ring and more. My favorite might be “Bad Mister Good” which appears to be a monster in a Jedi robe — Imperial propaganda for children perhaps?
Gareth Edwards Cameo
Director Gareth Edwards gave himself a cameo in the film. On the latest Empire podcast, Edwards admits that he appears somewhere in the final scene of the movie. A fan has spotted the filmmaker as the rebel soldier who disengages the Tantive IV from Admiral Raddus’ ship. The filmmaker gave himself a very important minor role, saving Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2, and the Death Star plans.
“I Have A Bad Feeling About This”
“I have a bad feeling about this” is a well-known phrase in the Star Wars series which has become a running gag. The phrase is spoken at least once in every Star Wars movie released so far and has appeared in every LucasArts Star Wars video game and most of the books and comic books.
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace: Obi-Wan Kenobi says this at the beginning of the film when Kenobi talks to Qui-Gon Jinn onboard Saak’ak[src]
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones: Anakin Skywalker says the line at Geonosis in the arena.
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith: Obi-Wan Kenobi says the line to Anakin Skywalker as their starfighters approach a large, closing blast door.
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope: Luke Skywalker says it when the Millennium Falcon approaches the Death Star, and Han Solo says it before the walls of the trash compactor start to close in.
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back: Princess Leia says it while inside the belly of the space slug.
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi: C-3PO says it to R2-D2 when entering Jabba the Hutt’s palace and Han Solo, says it after the Ewoks begin the preparations to roast him, Luke & Chewbacca.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Han Solo speaks the line when Rey accidentally releases the Ranthars into his bulk freighter.
In Rogue One, K-2SO says the infamous line as he accompanies Jyn and Cassian in Imperial disguise to infiltrate an Empire base.
The Juggernaut Tank
When we first see adult Jyn, she is being transported as a prisoner in a Juggernaut Tank on the planet Wobani (which just so happens to be an anagram for Obi-wan). The Juggernaut Tank is also a throwback to the prequel trilogy, an Imperial version of the tank seen in Revenge of the Sith on the Wookie planet of Kashyyyk, as well as the Clone Wars animated series.
“It’s A Trap”
I’m not sure if this is intentionally a callback or not, but Saw Gerrera says “It’s a Trap!” when talking to Jyn about the Imperial pilot’s defection. This is most likely a reference to the infamous line “It’s a trap!”, which Admiral Akbar says during the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi.
Darth Vader’s castle on Mustafar is an idea that George Lucas originally conceived for Empire Strikes Back. The Star Wars creator originally envisioned that Vader would have a villainous castle on a lava planet in the original Star Wars sequels. Legendary artist Ralph McQuarrie even sketched out a few concepts for the castle (one design can be seen above), but ultimately Lucas decided not to use it in the original trilogy.
This is also set on the planet Mustafar, which is where Anakin Skywalker lost the infamous lightsaber duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi. This is basically where Darth Vader as we know him was born.
More than three decades after he first appeared in Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi, Warwick Davis has returned to the galaxy far, far away to play an alien creature named Weeteef Cyu-Bee. The character seen on Jedha is one of the most destructive members of Saw Gerrera’s militia, specializing in explosives and sharpshooting with his Tibanna-jacked DH-17/E-11 hybrid custom blaster.
R2-D2 and C-3PO Cameo
I debated on if this was even worth including in this round-up as it’s one of the most obvious cameos in the film. But I came to the conclusion that if I did not, readers would call me on it in the comments. So yes, R2-D2 and C-3PO make a brief appearance on Yavin IV near the end of the film before the Rebel fleet takes off to Scarif. Anthony Daniels provides an uncredited voice-over for Threepio.
T-15 Skyhopper’s Retirement
On Scarif, two troopers are discussing the retirement of the T-15 Skyhopper, which is a reference to A New Hope. When Obi-Wan Kenobi sneaks past a pair of Stormtroopers, who are discussing the introduction of a new T-16 ship.
Saw Gerrera’s men are playing a non-holographic version of the Holochess game Dejarik seen on the Millennium Falcon. It’s funny that Saw’s Rebels are too low-rent to afford an actual holographic chess, so their pieces are hand-carved.