The new Star Wars movie features a character whose name is almost certainly inspired by the Beastie Boys.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduces a new character called Ello Asty, whose name seemingly references the rap group’s 1998 album ‘Hello Nasty’. On the official Star Wars website, Ello Asty is described as “a skilled if occasionally reckless X-wing starfighter pilot for the Resistance”.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams is known to be a fan of the iconic New York collective. He used the Beastie Boys’ track ‘Sabotage’ in his 2009 Star Trek reboot.
Meanwhile, eagle-eyed Star Wars fans have spotted that an Ello Asty tie-in action figure has the words ‘Born To Ill’ written on his helmet in Aurebesh, a fictional language used in the Star Wars universe.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18 this year and takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi. The film’s script was penned by Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.
Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast also includes Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis. Check out a behind-the-scenes reel revealed at San Diego Comic-Con here.
Meanwhile, Lucasfilm is also working on a series of Star Wars spin-off films which it has titled the ‘Anthology Series’. The first spin-off, Rogue One starring Felicity Jones, will arrive on December 16, 2016.
A second spin-off film focusing on the origins of Harrison Ford’s iconic character Han Solo, was announced this summer. The currently untitled film is set for release on May 25, 2018.