In just a few short weeks, the Star Wars universe is set to be explored onscreen in a way that it has never been before with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first in a hopefully long line of new standalone, spin-off films set within the cinematic universe. Coming from director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), the new film tells the story of the group of rebels responsible for stealing the Death Star plans that played such a vital role in the overall victory of the Rebel Alliance, and leads directly into the beginning of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Starring Felicity Jones in the lead role as Jyn Erso, the movie looks to be a ground-based, dark war film unlike anything the franchise has released thus far.
As with any major blockbuster release like it as well, fans have already been scouring the film's trailers for any possible Easter eggs or references to the other Star Wars movies that the creative team may have snuck in throughout the film. According to Edwards himself, there is one sequence of the movie possibly packed to the brim with a couple of Easter eggs, including one that might not have been what you were expecting.
During the latest episode of The Star Wars Show, Edwards talked about the set design for Saw Gerrera's (Forest Whitaker) cave, and why some of the drawings or designs in it may look familiar to those paying extra close attention:
"There's some Easter eggs. In Saw's [Gerrera'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 a Godzilla. I didn't ask for it, I just came in one day and saw it."
So for those of you out there who like to keep your eyes peeled for surprises lurking in the backgrounds of your favorite blockbusters, it sounds like Saw Gerrera's cave may have more than a few in store. Whether they're just references to Edwards' past films or not will have to wait to be seen, of course, but with iconic characters like Darth Vader, Mon Mothma, and possibly, Grand Moff Tarkin, appearing in the film, it's likely Gerrera's cave won't be the only place in Rogue One containing references to other films.
Previous rumors and reports have indicated that Rogue One may end immediately before the events of A New Hope. If so, then that should provide the film with an ample amount of opportunities for references and name drops along the way, though that's somewhat already expected considering how closely linked Rogue One's story is with the rest of the Original Trilogy. Nonetheless, the confirmation of not only Easter eggs being in the film, but also where some are and what they are should come as exciting news for fans anxiously counting down the days until Rogue One's release in a few weeks. They may not be just Star Wars Easter eggs either, it turns out.
Source: The Star Wars Show