Biz Markie once rapped, “I watch Star Wars just to see Yoda.” But now the Biz will have another reason to watch the forthcoming series reboot Star Wars: The Force Awakens: There’s a character based on his friends the Beastie Boys. According to io9, the movie will include a Resistance fighter pilot named Ello Asty, a name that certainly seems close to the Beasties’ album title Hello Nasty. Some images of the Hasbro Black Ello Asty action figure recently leaked online, and apparently this particular alien also has “Born To Ill” written on his helmet in Aurebesh, the made-up Star Wars written language.
We don’t yet know how much of a role the character will play; the official Star Wars database only describes him as this: “a skilled if occasionally reckless X-wing starfighter pilot for the Resistance.” It sure seems likely that he’ll be a minor character, like Wedge or something. But who knows? Maybe he’ll get a whole subplot about being on the run from the space sheriff for what he did to his daughter. And as io9 points out, Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams did find a way to use Beasties songs in both of his Star Trek films.
This seems like a prime opportunity to use the comments section and describe the way you think a Star Wars movie should use a Beasties-inspired character.