‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ character reportedly inspired by Beastie Boys

Character called Ello Asty allegedly wears a helmet with the phrase 'Born To Ill'

A character from upcoming Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was inspired by Beastie Boys, according to fans online.

The seventh instalment in the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after the events of 1983’s Return Of The Jedi.

The film is thought to feature a character called Ello Asty, which StarWars.com describes as “a skilled if occasionally reckless X-wing starfighter pilot for the Resistance”.

As Exclaim notes, the character’s name is very similar to Beastie Boys’ 1998 album ‘Hello Nasty’, which featured the hit single ‘Intergalactic’.

An image that has leaked online also reportedly shows the character wearing a helmet that bears the phrase ‘Born To Ill’, a possible reference to the hip-hop group’s studio debut ‘Licensed to Ill’.

Though exact plot details of the film are being kept under wraps, its 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 is led by Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis.

The UK release date of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been brought forward by 24 hours. It had been expected to open in UK cinemas on December 18, the same day it will be released in most international territories. However Lucasfilm recently revealed that Episode VIII will in fact open in the UK a day earlier on December 17.