Calling all Star Wars fans: Rogue One is coming in for landing. The Star Wars Story prequel, starring Felicity Jones and Diego Luna as rebels who must steal the plans of the Death Star, is set just before the events of A New Hope, meaning it's crammed full of references to the original movies, not to mention other Star Wars properties. Did you spot these Easter eggs first time round?
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1. The Star Wars Rebels connections
Given it's set in the same time period, it's no surprise that there are several references to the TV show Star Wars Rebels, despite the fact that it's animated. The rebel ship Ghost from the Disney XD animation can be spotted in the space battle above Scarif, and also parked earlier on Yavin IV, where grumpy astromech droid Chopper can also be spotted tootling around. Listen closely too and you'll hear an announcement paging "General Syndulla", which means the Rebels Twi'lek captain is due a promotion.
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2. Red and Gold Leader
To preserve some of that old Star Wars magic and make flesh the connection between Rogue One and A New Hope, director Gareth Edwards cleverly edited in rebel pilots Red Leader and Gold Leader using unused footage shot back in 1977. Red Leader actor Drewe Healey sadly died in 2016, but Gold Leader star Angus MacInnes is still with us, and not only did he consent to use of his image, he recorded brand new dialogue for his character.
3. Director cameos
As is tradition, director Gareth Edwards gave himself a cameo in his own movie - because if you could, you would. Edwards appears at the climax of the movie, playing the rebel soldier who is responsible for disengaging the iconic Tantive IV craft from Admiral Raddus' ship, effectively ensuring the safety of the Death Star plans and Princess Leia. Rian Johnson, director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, also makes an appearance along with producer Ram Bergman as the two Death Star operators who trigger the laser to destroy Jedha. Nice work if you can get it.
4. "I have a bad feeling about this..."
Star Wars is not generally known for its sparkling dialogue (Harrison Ford once famously told George Lucas "You can write this s*** George but you sure can't say it") but it does have a few recurring lines that always raise a smile. The line "I have a bad feeling about this..." has been uttered in every movie to date, and Rogue One is no different; here it's sassy droid K-2SO who gets to deliver the warning in a Scarif tower elevator, before he's rudely cut off by Cassian. Droid, please.
5. Ponda Baba and Dr Cornelius Evazan
Who? You might not know this pair by name, but you will recognise their bad attitude. The two aggressive citizens that Cassian and Jyn bump into on Jedha are none other than Ponda Baba and Dr Evazan, the same two quick-to-anger barflies who end up on the wrong end of Obi-Wan's lightsaber on Tatooine ("I don't like you... My friend doesn't like you either!"). Quite how they got off Jedha to wind up in everyone's favourite hive of scum and villainy is another Star Wars story.
6. Jyn's necklace
It's never explicitly mentioned, but the necklace that Jyn's mother gives her at the beginning of the movie is a Kyber crystal - the raw material that powers the Death Star and lightsabres too. On the necklace is an inscription, which eagle-eyed fans were able to make out. The writing was in Aurebesh, Star Wars' in-house alien language, and it reads "Trust the Force". In early drafts of the movie, Jyn's mother Lyra was a Jedi, and although that detail was removed in subsequent revisions, the necklace is a neat reference.
7. Pax Aurora and other Empire plans
When Cassian and Jyn break into the databank tower on Scarif, they're looking for the Death Star plans, handily labelled 'Stardust' so Jyn could recognise them. Before he gets to Stardust, however, Cassian reels off some other names, including 'Pax Aurora', 'Mark Omega' and 'Stellarsphere' among others. No detail in the Star Wars universe is wasted: these all refer to component parts of the Death Star. Other references, including 'Blacksaber' and 'Ord Mantell' refer to locations and stories in the non-canonical Star Wars' Extended Universe.
8. Blue milk
Weirdly, blue milk has become one of the most recognisable props from the Star Wars universe: an instant indicator we're in a galaxy far, far away. It was there in A New Hope as Luke ate with Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru, it was there as Padme and Anakin dined in Attack Of The Clones, and it is present and correct in Rogue One, spotted in the background of Galen and Lyra Erso's farm planet domicile. Interestingly, blue milk is thought to be bantha milk, so either Galen was keeping a few banthas out the back for milking, or that galaxy's milkman had one hell of a round.
9. The Guardians of the Whills
Chirrut and Baze are introduced as ex-religious figures who considered themselves "Guardians of the Whills" who watched over the Kyber temple on Jedha. The 'Whills' are a subject that have never been mentioned on screen in the Star Wars universe, but they are an ancient order of higher beings with a strong connection to the Force - basically a bunch of Space Jesuses. George Lucas' original subtitle for Star Wars was 'Journal of the Whills', with the events of the movies being recounted from these ancient stories, which would have acted as a framing device. The concept was dropped, but his notes on the Whills eventually morphed into Star Wars' pseudo-religion.
10. Red Five
Ever wondered how Luke Skywalker, a backwater planet farm boy, ended up with his own awesome rebel fighter call-sign at the end of the first movie? Turns out it was going spare. During the climactic battle in the skies above Scarif in Rogue One, there is an X-Wing in action with the very same call-sign 'Red Five', but sadly it doesn't last long and goes down in flames. Rather than retire the call-sign, the Rebels simply reassign it to Skywalker when the moment arrives to stick it to the Death Star.