Back in October, merchandising photos from Star Wars: The Force Awakens surfaced, which revealed a brand new character called "Ello Asty." Since many know that director J.J. Abrams is a longtime fan of the legendary rap group Beastie Boys, it was believed that this character was named in honor of the group and their 1998 album "Hello Nasty." Shortly thereafter, another theory surfaced that this character name also referenced the filmmaker's beloved ABC series Lost, since it phonetically spells out the title (El-Lo-As-Ty). While speaking with Yahoo! Movies, J.J. Abrams confirmed that this pilot's name references both Beastie Boys and Lost.
"It is for me. But I'd be lying if I said I came up with that name. It was suggested to me from the creature department. And I loved it for that reason, because it referenced the album, and also because it spells out Lost. And so both of those felt like, they were funny reasons to approve that name. Some names came from the creature department; some came from us, from me, from other people I'm working with. But it was one of the things that just felt like something funny that people might smile at."
Shortly after the news of Ello Asty's name surfaced, a Twitter user dubbed Yakface went one step further and translated the Aurebesh writing on his helmet. The translation? 'Born to Ill,' an homage to the Beastie Boys' breakout 1986 album "Licensed to Ill." If that wasn't enough, Ello Asty is part of the Abednedo species. This ties into Beastie Boys song 'Shadrach', where the group references the Judaeo-Christian parable of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
J.J. Abrams previously used the Beastie Boys' hit song "Sabotage" in his 2009 Star Trek franchise reboot. Ello Asty is described by the official Star Wars database as a skilled if occasionally reckless X-wing starfighter pilot for the Resistance. It isn't known if this character has any speaking lines in the movie, or how large his role may be.
While there are many new characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens that have already been identified, we've probably only scratched the surface when it comes to the Easter Eggs that Star Wars: The Force Awakens may contain. For example, we know that General Hux's (Domhnall Gleeson) massive ice planet base is known as Starkiller, an homage to Luke Skywalker's original name in George Lucas' script. What do you think about this Star Wars: The Force Awakens character being named after the Beastie Boys?