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(WARNING: The following contains one mild visual SPOILER for the newly released Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It remains otherwise SPOILER-FREE, but proceed with caution all the same.)

Now, there are a whole lot of things to love about 's newly released . From a talented cast and an intriguing premise to some of the most entertaining yet powerful scenes we've seen in years, it's an easy movie to like. That's doubly true, of course, if you're some sort of geek, seeing as the film is filled close to bursting with nods, winks and subtle references — both to Star Wars movies past, and the wider world of sci-fi.

It's perhaps not too surprising, then, that...

'Rogue One' Features A Giant 'Alien' Easter Egg

'Alien' [Credit: Fox]
'Alien' [Credit: Fox]

Yup, that's right. As it turns out, 's apparent knack for channeling Ellen Ripley as isn't the only thing that Rogue One has in common with the legendary franchise. Indeed, as Fandango recently reported, there's an entire planet in the movie that's directly inspired by the classic 1979 movie. As Rogue One director put it:

"Films that I used in there that got high score were 'Apocalypse Now'; a little of 'Thin Red Line,' and there’s a planet in our film that’s very much inspired by 'Alien'... Also 'Blade Runner,' 'THX-1138' and of course the original 'Star Wars.'"

The film in question? Well, that would be this one, named Eadu:

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' [Credit: Lucasfilm]
'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' [Credit: Lucasfilm]

Exactly what role it plays in Rogue One's story would, of course, be a major spoiler, but it's worth noting just how much it looks like its inspiration, Alien's LV-246...

'Alien' [Credit: Fox]
'Alien' [Credit: Fox]

...and then nodding our collective heads in geeky appreciation of Edwards and co.'s magnificent nerdery.

Nicely played, gang. Nicely played indeed.

What do you think, though? Which awesome Easter Eggs and references did you spot in Rogue One? Let us know below!

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(Sources: Fandango)