Jim Jarmusch's star-studded zombie comedy The Dead Don't Die is out in theaters now, and though the reviews haven't been too impressive, one fun easter egg is too obvious to ignore. The film, which stars Adam Driver, as well as Bill Murray, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, and more, includes a nod to Star Wars.
According to Inverse, the movie takes advantage of Driver's appearance, a.k.a. Kylo Ren in the current Star Wars trilogy, by adding in a not-so-subtle reference to the galaxy far, far away. The scene reportedly shows the 35-year-old actor's character, named Officer Ronnie Peterson, rocking an Imperial Star Destroyer keychain on his car keys.
'The Dead Don't Die' Has a Hilarious, Self-Aware Star Wars Easter Egg: https://t.co/htCdX5R3dw— Inverse (@inversedotcom) June 14, 2019
And if the keychain isn't obvious enough to viewers, Tilda Swinton's character, Zelda Winston, then explicitly says, "Star Wars. A wonderful fiction."
Jarmusch recently spoke to Moviefone about that easter egg, explaining that it was Driver who made it even possible. He recalled:
"So we tried to get the rights for [the scene] and they said, 'No, no, no, no, no, sorry.' So it's like aw dammit. And even JJ Abrams had been very nice to us. He kept trying to move Adam’s shoot date, but he could not. But he tried for us. So anyway, Adam loved the gag. But then I said, 'Adam, we can't do it. They're not giving us permission.' So Adam says, 'Let me make a call.' So he made a call and then we got permission. He was so cool about it and liked it a lot."
Adam “let me make a call real quick” Driver when he heard they couldn’t get the Star Wars keychain in The Dead Don’t Die pic.twitter.com/6hs9hdyZc8— stephanie✨ (@crimsonkylo) June 13, 2019
While The Dead Don't Die features many quirky moments like this, it unfortunately doesn't seem enough to impress viewers and critics. Currently, the film sits at 52% with 150 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.