By E. Parker

From a galaxy far-far-away, comes theories that are far-far out.

Or are they?

This time, Star Wars fanatics and Beastie Boys aficionados are making connections between a character from the upcoming flim Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the three New York rappers.

Related: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Posts Surprise New Teaser Trailer

While the Star Wars franchise has been tight-lipped about details, fans are digging into a theory that a character called Ello Asty could secretly be based on the Beastie Boys.

For one, Beastie Boys’ 1998 album Hello Nasty is curiously close to the character’s name (take out the H and the N and voila). And while does not display an image of Ello Asty, a new action figure shows the character to have “Born to Ill” inscribed on his helmet, a nod to the the Beastie’s debut album License to Ill.

Writer Dave Gonzales at breaks it down quite thoroughly, with, shall we say, laser focus.

Now, people have finally unraveled the truth behind Ello Asty’s name. At first, enterprising conspiracy theorists thought it was a phonetic hybrid of spelling the word “lost,” arguably JJ Abrams’ most popular work, as “El Oh Es Tee,” but that was too simple. Notorious Beastie Boys fan JJ Abrams (you might remember young James T Kirk stealing a future car to the tunes of “Sabotage”) has named a Star Wars character after the Beastie Boys album “Hello Nasty.” He just took out the first letters.

The seventh instalment in the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was penned by JJ Abrams, Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan. It will be hitting theaters in the U.S. December 18th.

Fans will get a chance to see Ello Asty, who describes as “a skilled if occasionally reckless X-wing starfighter pilot for the Resistance.” How ill is that.



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