The Last Jedi contains a bunch of callbacks to the original Star Wars trilogy, but a new discovery might pay homage to one of the more humorous moments in franchise history. Hardcore fans know all about the famous Stormtrooper hitting his head in A New Hope, while not knowing exactly who was really in the suit. Now, The Last Jedi contains the same kind of blooper, but it's not clear if it was done intentionally or not. However, from reading interviews with Rian Johnson over the last year, it seems that the scene was far from an accident.
Redditor SirHermiOdle has discovered that a soldier hits his head on a door during the Crait battle towards the end of the movie. And sure enough, a quick glance at the scene provides all of the evidence that we need. But is this a true callback to the legendary Stormtrooper hitting his head in A New Hope? It seems so silly, but it's almost certain that it was done on purpose. We're all just waiting to get confirmation from Rian Johnson as to whether it was intentional or not.
The legend of the Stormtrooper hitting his head in A New Hope has come up frequently in the last handful of months, mostly due to comedian Jamie Stangroom's attempts to make a documentary about the subject. Stangroom discovered that there are three actors who are taking credit for being the clumsy Stormtrooper. Stangroom wanted to investigate further through interviews with the actors and two out of the three have agreed to take polygraph tests, since the third actor has since passed away. It's not clear exactly where the status of that documentary is at the moment.
As for other callbacks to the original Star Wars trilogy, The Last Jedi has plenty. From shots in the Crait battle mirroring those from The Empire Strikes Back and the X-Wing Fighter underwater on Ahch-To, we get yet another callback to Empire. The infamous green milk scene is a nod to the blue milk that Luke drinks on Tatooine in A New Hope, as is the famous projection of Princess Leia that R2-D2 shows Luke Skywalker to persuade him to come and fight with the Resistance. These are just a sampling, there are plenty more.
If Rian Johnson did have the soldier hit his head on purpose to reference the original Star Wars trilogy, it would be pretty amazing. The director has pretty much answered every question in regard to The Last Jedi that one could possibly think of, so it's only a matter of time before we get the definitive answer. At the very least, Jamie Stangroom will have some new research to conduct for a new documentary. You can check out the scene in question below, thanks to Reddit user SirHermiOdle. Does the soldier hit his head on purpose?