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Aurebesh on Jyn’s Necklace

Jyn wears a necklace given to her by her mother, a Kyber Crystal that contains an inscription in the alien Star Wars language Aurebesh. What does it say? “Trust the Force”

Ponda Baba and Cornelius Evazan

Ponda Baba and Cornelius Evazan

On Jedha we see a cameo from a famous duo of Star Wars characters from A New Hope. This one is less obvious to non-Star Wars fanatics. During their trip to Jedha, Jyn bumps into Ponda Baba and Colonel Evaza, the two tough guys that threaten Luke Skywalker while at the Mos Eisley Cantina on Tattooine. As you might remember from A New Hope, they are wanted for a death sentence on 12 systems. It is remarkable or convenient that these two were able to get off this planet before the Death Star blew it up later in the day. We first heard a rumor about this appearance in July.

red five

Red Five

Cader Pedrin Gaul is X-Wing fighter Red Five in Rogue One. During the climactic battle, we see Red 5 crash and die, which leaves his callsign open to being eventually filled by Luke Skywalker in A New Hope.



The flashback that we see of Jyn as a young girl watching her parents talk with Krennic actually takes place in the Erso family’s living quarters on Coruscant. You can see the city outside the window.

Captain Antilles

Captain Antilles

Mon Mothma consults with Bail Organa, who says he’ll get someone (Leia Organa) he “trusts with his life” to get the Death Star plans to a Jedi that he knows (Obi-Wan Kenobi). Bail walks out a doorway and starts talking to Captain Antilles, telling him to “get ready.” We see Antilles again at the end of Rogue One, giving the Death Star plans to Princess Leia.

Antilles is probably best known to Star Wars fans as Darth Vader’s first on-screen kill in A New Hope. The captain of the Tantive IV gets strangled by Darth when he refuses to give up the plans to the Death Star, claiming his ship hasn’t intercepted any transmissions. We also saw the character at the end of Revenge of the Sith, where he takes ownership of C-3PO and R2-D2. This explains why R2-D2 and C-3PO are at the Yavin IV base and connects Antilles to the plan to transport the plans to Obi-Wan.

blue milk

Blue Milk

Galen Erso is trying to stay far away from the Empire and his farm are understandably far off the grid. When we see a shot of the interior of the family’s home, we notice a tall container of blue milk, first introduced in Star Wars: A New Hope. It’s possible that the Erso family have a Bantha and produce the milk themselves.

Saw Gerrera

Saw Gerrera

Forest Whitaker plays Saw Gerrera, a Rebel extremist who was first introduced in a four-episode arc of the fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In an episode titled “A War on Two Fronts,” Saw is introduced as a resistance soldier fighting against Separatist forces on the planet Onderon. Their insurgency against the occupying Droid armies was unsuccessful until the Republic sent Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ashoka Tano, and Captain Rex to advise and train Gerrera and his fellow soldiers. Ultimately, the resistance took control of their planet from the Separatists, but Saw’s sister, Steela, was killed in the process. This particular arc lasted four episodes.

Claudia Gray’s novel Star Wars: Bloodline, which takes place a few decades after the events of Return of the Jedi, mentioned that Saw Gerrera and his “Partisans” still cast a shadow over memories of the Rebel Alliance, with one of Senator Leia Organa’s rivals citing the “terrorist tactics” that the more extreme cells utilized in their war against the Empire. The character is set to make an appearance in a future episode of Star Wars Rebels.

Alan Tudyk

Cut Cameo: Alan Tudyk

Okay, so this easter egg you can’t see in the final cut of the film. Alan Tudyk, the actor who performance captured K-2SO, was originally scheduled to have a cameo in the movie appearing as his human self, but it was cut:

“I had a cameo I just found out got cut. Yeah, I guess it’s a cameo — Wray Nerely, so the character that I play in Con Man. Sort of my alter ego in Con Man had a role in Rouge One Star Wars I played a pilot, and the scene got cut I just found out. Like did Wray Nerely survive? I was really looking forward to seeing Wray Nerely in Star Wars, but truthfully Wray Nerely would never get that good of a job. So it was probably pretty good that he didn’t.

journal of the whills

Guardians of the Whills

Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus use to be part of the now almost extinct order called The Guardians of the Whills, which were devoted to protecting the Temple of Kyber in the holy city of Jedha. The Whills is a reference buried in Star Wars history. The 1973 outline of the story that would eventually become Star Wars was titled “Journal of the Whills, Part I “ by George Lucas. It follows a “Jedi-Bendu” named “Mace Windy” and his padawan “C.J. Thorpe.”

The second draft of Star Wars: A New Hope was titled “Adventures of the Starkiller, Episode I: The Star Wars.” The film script begins with a quote:

“…And in the time of greatest despair there shall come a savior, and he shall be known as: THE SON OF THE SUNS.” ?Journal of the Whills, 3:127[src]

George Lucas conceived of the Journal of the Whills as a plot device for connecting the Star Wars galaxy to the real world. The idea was dropped, but it was mentioned in the novelization of the original film. The Journal of the Whills was made official canon by the novelization of The Force Awakens, which opens with a quotation from the journal. And now Rogue One gives the Whills a deeper meaning in new Star Wars canon.

Wedge Antilles

Wedge Antilles

While we don’t see Wedge Antilles in the final X-Wing battle above Scarif, we do hear David Ankrum, who voiced Wedge in A New Hope. Dennis Lawson played Wedge in the 1977 original, but his voice was dubbed over because he couldn’t perfect his American accent. Ankrum is not credited here bit it was reported that Ankrum recorded new voice overs for the film.

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