Did director J.J. Abrams name one of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens characters after his love for the Beastie Boys? That certainly seems to be the case. io9 have the first photos of an X-Wing pilot whose name is Ello Asty. His alien form was revealed via a new Black Series action figure, and he is part of the Resistance and friend to Poe Dameron. While we don't know much about this unique looking alien species just yet, it's clear that he has a license to ill.
Ello Asty's image was leaked via various concept art images prior to the reveal of his Black Series action figure. But this is the first time we're hearing his official name. And if you take a long, hard look at that name, you'll recognize something very familiar about it. It's the name of the 1998 Beastie Boys' album Hello Nasty, with the H and N removed. Need further evidence this character's is based on the rap group's seminal album? A Twitter user going by the name of Yakface has translated the Aurebesh writing on his helmet. It says 'Born to Ill'.
This isn't the first time J.J. Abrams has shown his love of the Beastie Boys in a movie. He also used the song Sabotage in the 2009 Star Trek franchise reboot. The character is described by the official Star Wars database as a skilled if occasionally reckless X-wing starfighter pilot for the Resistance. It's expected that his role isn't very big. His species is Abednedo. In the Beastie Boys song 'Shadrach', the group references the Judaeo-Christian parable of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
Maybe this will make you more accepting of the character's name. Or maybe not. Even harder than learning to love a new character in the Star Wars universe is getting used to and accepting some of their names. Because some of these monikers are truly bizarre, sometimes off the wall, and often just plain ridiculous (Jar Jar Binks, we're looking directly at you). This is continuing to be the case with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The names of several main characters were released earlier this year to get fans both old and new familiar with them, and accustomed to hearing them said out loud.
Thus far, we've met Finn and Rey, names which aren't too outlandish, and have, over time, won over Star Wars fanatics. Poe Dameron has taken a little longer to get used to. People seem okay with Kylo Ren. BB-8 is a perfectly fine name for a droid. But Captain Phasma has raised some eyebrows, and it recalls some of the more disliked aspects of the prequel trilogy. General Hux is boarding on generic. But Supreme Leader Snoke is certainly laughable, and will be until we better understand the character. And Maz Kanata also sounds like it was pulled from the prequels.
Ello Asty isn't the only character to get a name based on one of J.J. Abrams' many loves. Captain Phasma, played by Gwendoline Christie, is named in honor of Don Coscarelli's 1979 cult classic Phantasm, because the iconic orb in that movie looks just like her new silver Stormtrooper armor. And it was just recently revealed that Finn's technical "name," as far as the First Order is concerned, is FN-2187, which he apparently used to create the nickname Finn. What do you think? Do you love or hate that J.J. Abrams has just named a character after the Beastie Boys?