With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story finally hitting theaters in just a few weeks, director Gareth Edwards stopped by The Star Wars Show today to discuss his Star Wars spin-off. Much to the surprise of many fans, the filmmaker revealed an Easter Egg that ties into his first two films, the 2010 low-budget feature Monsters and the 2014 blockbuster Godzilla. Here's what the filmmaker had to say about these Easter Eggs, which appear during a scene in Saw Gerrera's (Forest Whitaker) cave.
"In Saw's cave, there are some cave paintings. One of them is of the creatures that were in my first film, Monsters. Then there's some MUTOs from Godzilla. I didn't ask for it. They did it as a joke. I just came in one day and spotted it during the middle of a take."
The director didn't exactly reveal where in the movie these Easter Eggs will surface on The Star Wars Show, or how noticeable they are on the big screen. Fans will likely have to wait until the Blu-ray, DVD or Digital HD release to properly spot these Easter Eggs, but we'll find out how noticeable they are on December 16, when Rogue One hits theaters.
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The story is by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, and the screenplay is by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016. The movie is already tracking to be the biggest holiday release of the year, and will pull in more than $130 million during its opening weekend. Take a look at this week's episode of The Star Wars Show below, with the Rogue One Easter Egg tidbits coming at the 5:09 mark.