Did You Catch the Beastie Boys Shout Out in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'?
First things first: there will be no spoilers in this post. However, whether you've seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi yet or not (and if you haven't, seriously, what's up with that?), you are about to learn something that will provide the rare combo of nerd and music cred for days.
Director Rian Johnson has layered in a double-stacked Easter egg into one of the movie's most hectic scenes, which takes place at the casino on Canto Bight. You wouldn't know it by looking at him, but the character who complains in a southern twang about Finn and Rose illegally parking their Resistance shuttle on the beach is actually one of Johnson's go-to stars: Joseph Gordon Levitt (Looper, Brick).
In the credits JGL is listed as the exotic sounding Slowen-Lo, which, as any Beastie Boys fan will quickly decipher, is a play on the song "Slow and Low" from the group's 1986 debut, License to Ill. As EW pointed out, JGL's catfish-like Abednedo creature appears to be the same species as a Resistance pilot in 2015's The Force Awakens named Ello Asty, whose name is, of course, inspired by the B-Boys' 1998 album Hello Nasty. They join a third character, Ilco Munica, who was also featured in The Force Awakens, and whose name sounds a lot like the Boys' 1994 album Ill Communication.