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27 Secrets You Probably Didn't Catch In "Rogue One"

Prepare for spoilers, a few things you probably actually didn't miss, and some good, old-fashioned nerdery.

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1. Galen Erso and his family can be seen drinking blue milk. Blue milk also makes an appearance in Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.

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It comes from Banthas, so it must be delicious.

2. Galen Erso shares a name with Galen Marek, the protagonist of The Force Unleashed series of video games.

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Galen Marek was also known as Starkiller, and was Darth Vader’s secret apprentice.

3. Saw Gerrera, played by Forest Whitaker, makes his first appearance as a young man in Star Wars: The Clone Wars as an animated character.

4. Likewise, in the Rebellion headquarters, an announcement can be heard for a General Syndulla, which is probably meant to be an older (and more decorated) Hera Syndulla from Star Wars: Rebels.


5. Her ship, the Ghost, may even be among the rebel fleet over Scarif...

6. ...and her Astromech droid friend Chopper can also be seen briefly at the rebel base.

7. While running through the list of special weapons, Jyn Erso and Cassian come across a project called “Black Saber.”

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This may be a reference to the Darksaber, a black-bladed lightsaber that first made an appearance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

8. The orange-sided AT-AT walkers on Scarif are actually AT-ACT walkers, or All Terrain Armored Cargo Transports.

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They’re larger than normal AT-AT walkers, and while they’re equipped with weapons, they’re not built for combat.


9. While on Jedha, Jyn and Cassian bump into two familiar characters in the crowd.

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They appear to be Ponda Baba and his associate Dr. Cornelius Evazan, who somehow later end up in a cantina on Tatooine where they pick a fight with Luke Skywalker.

10. The planet Yavin 4 should be familiar to anyone who has seen the original trilogy, as it’s the main base of operations for the Rebel Alliance in Star Wars: A New Hope as well.

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In fact, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has an extra nod towards the original films with the appearance of the sentry in the tower tracking ships as they enter and leave the base.

12. The transport carrying Jyn and the other prisoners on Wobani is a HAVw A6 Juggernaut. It makes its first appearance in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

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(Also, as someone at Den of Geek noticed, "Wobani" is an anagram for "Obi-Wan.")


13. Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus are "Guardians of the Whills," a longstanding fixture in Lucas lore.

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The original story for the first Star Wars film was called "The Adventures of Luke Starkiller as taken from the 'Journal of the Whills'."

14. The Hammerhead Corvette used to push the disabled Star Destroyer into another ship is probably related to the Hammerhead-class cruiser, which was first introduced in the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

15. The people at Saw Gerrera's base can be seen playing a rudimentary version of Dejarik, the holographic game that Chewbacca and C-3PO play in New Hope and that Finn briefly encounters during Force Awakens.

Saw's followers can also be seen watching holographic clips of Twi'lek dancers, first seen in Jabba's Palace in Jedi.


18. After the Rebel Alliance council meeting, there is a call over the intercom for a Captain Antilles.

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This may be in reference to Wedge Antilles, an X-wing pilot from the original trilogy. More likely, it's in reference to Raymus Antilles, captain of the Tantive IV, the ship that escaped with Princess Leia and the Death Star schematics at the end of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.


19. Aboard the Tantive IV, you can also hear someone mention that the escape pods need to be checked before the ship flees Darth Vader.

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One of those escape pods would be used by C-3PO and R2-D2 in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

20. K-2SO nearly delivers the iconic line, "I have a bad feeling about this," but he is cut off before he can finish.

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"I have a bad feeling about this," has appeared in every Star Wars movie.

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21. On Scarif, two stormtroopers can be overheard talking about the "T-15 model" being discontinued.

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This is probably a reference to the Skyhopper series of airspeeders. Luke owned a T-16 model on Tatooine that he used to "bulls-eye womp rats."


22. This is the 4th Star Wars movie Warwick Davis has played a part in.

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He played: Wicket in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Wald in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Wollivan in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and now Weeteef Cyubee in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story .

23. In Rogue One, the Wilhelm Scream can be heard as a stormtrooper is killed.

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25. The clamps used to retrieve the data file in the Citadel are similar to the clamps used by the protagonist of Lucas's first film, THX 1138.

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26. Many of the new stormtrooper helmets in Rogue One have been seen before, in the Poe Dameron comic book.

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In issue 8 of the comic book series, a collector has several of the new helmets on display.