The Last Jedi’s Callbacks and References to Other Star Wars Movies

The Last Jedi made a genuine effort to make callbacks and references to the past Star Wars movies, from the prequels to the sequels.
The movie was teeming with fun Easter eggs that fans of the franchise could spot and point out to their peers. In this piece, we've provided you with a list of some of the best examples.
  • The Battle of Crait is a major riff on the evacuation of Hoth but in reverse. AT-T Walkers advance, there's a trench line, vehicles fly out to meet the advancing threat, and so forth. Also, the beginning of the movie where the Rebels flee is a similar riff.
  • When Rey tries to turn Kylo Ren to the light side of the Force, this is a Return of the Jedi moment that parallels the Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader plot. It goes right down the path of Rey surrendering herself to Kylo (as Luke did Vader) and being placed in handcuffs and taken before Snoke.
  • Whereas in Return of the Jedi, Palpatine wanted Luke to turn to the Dark Side, Snoke simply doesn't want Rey around. He does do the same thing Palpatine did to Luke in that he gives her a bit of Force torture and shows her that her friends on the ships outside are dying.
  • Yoda's return featured him being happy and playful – just as he was in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Rey's trip to the bottom of the Island mirrors Luke's cave exploration in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Poe Dameron and Finn's attempted assault on the cannon that would blast open the Rebels' defensive position was a riff on the attack on the first Death Star. There were some subtle moments that were carried over too – Finn taking off his headpiece was just Luke turning off his headpiece during the trench run.
  • When Luke is on the Millenium Falcon, R2-D2 shows him the old hologram projection of Leia seeking help from General Kenobi is a blatantly obvious reference to A New Hope.
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  • After Rey and Kylo have defeated Snoke's Royal Guard, Kylo makes it clear he is seizing control of the First Order and invites Rey to join him. Vader made the same offer to his son in The Empire Strikes Back. Both Luke and Rey refused the offer.
  • Poe Dameron's attack on the Dreadnought and subsequent space battle take the concept of The Empire Strikes Back and has the “big battle” at the start of the movie and not the end.
  • When Leia reunites with Luke on Crait, she mentions her hair. This is a call back to The Force Awakens when Han Solo mentions the change when they too reunite.
  • When Poe introduces himself to Rey at the end of the movie, she says her name, and he says “I know” which is a call back to when Han and Leia say it to each other in the original trilogy. In this context, it has a special meaning for Rey about her identity.
  • Leia's ship is the Raddus, which is named after General Raddus from Rogue One.
  • The dice from the Falcon were first seen in A New Hope. They were a different design. Its use in The Last Jedi is a way to reference the death of Han Solo in The Force Awakens. Indeed, there was actually a deleted The Force Awakens scene where Solo touches the dice and reminisces.
  • When Rey and BB-8 are reunited on the Falcon, Rey observes that her robot friend's antenna had been repaired and gently touches it. This is a call back to The Force Awakens when she made the original repair following her rescue of him.
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