It wasn’t just Harrison Ford’s familiar face that sent a wave of nostalgia through the Comic-Con crowd when Star Wars: The Force Awakens rocked the geek gathering this weekend.
That behind-the-scenes clip J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy showed actually contained a number of apparent call-backs to the original trilogy, revealing a few more droids, creatures, and actors making a return.
Here’s a rundown of what we spotted:
First, the obvious.
The last time we saw her, it was an Ewok hoe-down where she finally let down her waist-length hair. Three decades later, we finally found our princess again. It sort of looks like she’s in a castle, with those blocky stone walls creeping with vines, but it doesn’t look like she’s living a royal lifestyle.
This is the stance, wardrobe, and dwelling of a military leader. In the background are control panels that look like they’ve seen better days, battered and buried within this tomb-like dwelling. Leia looks indominable and feisty as ever, but she doesn’t look like someone who is leading a free Republic.
Smart money says these are the underground hangars where we’ve seen full-scale X-Wing fighters and the Millennium Falcon parked. In real life, it’s the RAF Greenham Common, a defunct Royal Air Force Base in Berkshire, England. In the fictional world of Star Wars …? It looks like it might be one of the last redoubts of the Resistance.
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