Only the most hard-core Star Wars fans can catch these. Get ready to have your world rocked. No major spoilers for Force Awakens but you’ll probably enjoy it more if you’ve seen the film!
Did Captain Phasma’s voice sound familiar? That’s because we’ve met this character twice before. It’s none other than Cindel Towani, the star of the TV movies Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and The Battle for Endor!
Han Solo’s old friend Maz Kanata looks familiar, right? It’s a 100% accurate digital recreation of actress Bea Arthur because Maz is the secret identity of bartender Ackmena, last seen in the Star Wars Holiday Special!
When we meet Han Solo and Chewbacca, they are piloting a new vehicle. It’s actually a Kia Sorento and that’s how this Star Wars movie was able to afford many of its special effects. It was a sponsorship deal that you can hardly notice.
Rey picks up a lightsaber halfway through the film and has a hallucinogenic experience. Those voices she hears? They’re by some guy!
A mysterious new character in the movie is Supreme Leader Snoke. Who is this new bad guy? Look closely and you can figure it out. It’s our old friend Lobot who must have gone through some tough times.
The reason Finn and the Stormtrooper use special weapons that look like candy canes? Those are actually a subtle nod to the fact that the movie was released near the Christmas holiday that director J.J. Abrams snuck in at the last minute with some hard-to-notice digital trickery.
Did the music that was playing in the background when Han and Kylo Ren confront each other sound familiar? It may have if you’re one of the few who saw the Special Edition of Return of the Jedi. It’s the same song!
Kylo Ren loses his temper at one point and slashes away at his office cubicle with his lightsaber. If you look closely you can see that he has the phone number of a guy who sells death sticks. It’s none other than Elan Sleazebaganno, the most famous death stick dealer in the Star Wars universe. Cool!
Did you notice the pudgy X-Wing pilot at the end? That’s J.J. Abrams’ real life friend Dom Deluise! He’s playing Porkins’ great great great-grandson!
Wondering how Kylo Ren’s lightsaber gave off that awesome performance, crackling and sparkling unlike any other lightsaber we’ve seen before? It’s all thanks to the technical wizardry of ILM and motion capture superstar Andy Serkis. Serkis played the lightsaber!
Who is that Wookiee that saves Han when he falls off the bridge? It’s none other than Lumpawarrump, Chewbacca’s son who was originally introduced in the Holiday Special. Now it’s cannon!
Finally, when we first meet Rey, she’s scavenging. What’s that part she grabs? It’s actually the son of General Grevious!