Did you know there’s a new Star Wars movie coming out this weekend?!
Look. The truth is, I know next to nothing about the Star Wars franchise/universe/whatever you want to call it. I’ve seen bits and pieces of all the films, and I absolutely loved The Force Awakens, but I’m not and have never been big into that whole world. Nevertheless, I will be seeing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Because I like good movies. And it looks like a damn good movie.
Now that that’s out of the way.
One of the reasons I’m excited about Rogue One is that it was directed by Gareth Edwards, who made a splash with the indie film Monsters and went on to direct the 2014 version of Godzilla. As Edwards recently revealed, there will a nice little visual tribute to both Monsters and Godzilla in Rogue One, and we’ve just learned that the film will also pay homage to 1979’s Alien.
As reported by Fandango, there’s a brand new planet in Rogue One called Eadu, and the visual landscape was directly inspired by LV-426 in Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi/horror flick.
Films that I used in there that got high score were Apocalypse Now, a little of Thin Red Line, and there’s a planet in our film that’s very much inspired by Alien. Also Blade Runner, THX-1138 and of course the original Star Wars.
You can see Planet Eadu below, with a screen-grab from Alien underneath it.