There are two kinds of people in the world of Star Wars: casual fans and die-hard total geeks who know every single tiny thing there is to know about all of the classic sci-fi films. When you think about it, it shouldn’t really be any surprise that some of the more enthusiastic fans are also filmmakers themselves and work Star Wars references into their own films. Star Wars inspired not only many of George Lucas’s contemporaries, but also generations of filmmakers afterward. Here we’ve gathered a collection of times in which filmmakers loved the films so much that they actually snuck hidden Star Wars references and shout outs into their own work.
This is a list of clever, sneaky, and just plain genius Star Wars references that you may or may not have ever noticed in your favorite films and TV shows. This roundup includes everyone from Steven Spielberg, who hid references to several Star Wars characters in his Indiana Jones films, to J.J. Abrams who’s doing his best to bring Star Wars fans and the Trekkie crowd together by giving R2-D2 quick cameos in more than one of his Star Trek reboots.Get ready to say “no way!” as we point out the hiding spots of some of the sneakiest Star Wars references ever caught on film. You’ll see your favorite films in a whole new light and maybe even win a bet or two with your buddies, who will almost certainly never spot these hidden Star Wars Easter eggs without your help.
If you look closely in J.J. Abrams's recent revamp of Star Trek, you can see R2-D2 float past the window of the USS Enterprise.