Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has revealed that somewhere within the film he planted a "very tiny" Easter egg homage to one of his own earlier movies. The revelation gives fans one more little detail to look out for when the eighth Star Wars film hits theaters later this year, though spotting the egg probably won't be a high priority considering all the other things there are to be excited about.
With The Last Jedi being featured heavily at D23, the last few days have been very Star Wars reveal intensive, although fans alas did not get the new trailer they were hoping for. Perhaps the most teaser-heavy item was the release of a behind-the-scenes reel that provided a glimpse of some Last Jedi footage that had not been previously seen. Rian Johnson also provided some new nuggets of information, shooting down theories that Benicio Del Toro plays Star Wars: Rebels character Ezra Bridger, while confirming that the relationship between Luke and Rey is central to the movie.
With D23 over, Johnson is still in the mood to share Last Jedi teasers via Twitter, where in an exchange with a fan he let loose that he couldn't resist working an Easter egg into the movie that pays homage to his own film, the 2005 indie drama Brick starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lukas Haas.
There is a tiny tiny tiny Brick nod. Tiny.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) July 18, 2017
After directing a number of short films, Rian Johnson made his feature debut with Brick, a drama about a high school student worming his way into a teenage drug ring to find out who murdered his girlfriend so he can plot his revenge. With his tweet, Johnson just guaranteed that fans will be seeking out Brick anywhere they can find it so they can watch it over and over again and be ready to spot the tiny egg the director's hid. iTunes should prepare itself for a sudden spike in sales of the movie.
There are sure to be some other Easter eggs lurking within The Last Jedi, though it's doubtful the movie will be quite as full of them as The Force Awakens, which was directed by noted in-joke artist J.J. Abrams. Though Abrams apparently didn't get to work his signature Slusho Easter egg into Episode VII (no one has found it yet at any rate), he did manage to sneak in the name "Kelvin," his standard nod to his grandfather. Abrams also paid homage in a way to his own prior work by finding small roles for his old pal Greg Grunberg and Lost actor Ken Leung. And, of course, he also worked in a cameo for his father Gerald Abrams.
No word yet on whether Rian Johnson got any of his own family members or old friends acting work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi but we'll keep our eyes peeled when the movie drops.
Source: Rian Johnson
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018