Is Star Wars actually all taking place in The Matrix?
Well, no, probably not. But although this isn't some insane, most likely incredibly wrong, fan theory, one eagle-eyed Star Wars viewer did spot an interesting connection between the two sci-fi behemoths.
Imgur user TheRobertissimo noticed what could be a direct Matrix reference in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones. The subtle reference revolves around the Coruscant bar scene, and involves a couple of background characters. Check out the video below and see if you can spot where the easter egg starts.
Did you spot it?
Well, TheRobertissimo noticed that the 'Death Sticks' seller (a.k.a. Elan Sleazebaggano) is no other than Matt Doran , who played Mouse in The Matrix. However, the reference doesn't end there. TheRobertissimo continues:
This actor is Matt Doran and he also plays Mouse in the Matrix - a crew member of the Nebuchadnezzar that also designed the Woman in the Red Dress program (a program that aims to distract newbies of the Matrix in an attempt to show them how easy it is to be caught off guard). And at first I thought his appearance in AOTC was coincidental, but then in the same scene in AOTC, about 15 seconds later, this woman pops in frame for a few seconds and gives a seductive look at Anakin (unsuccessfully) and I start noticing a reference.
I also recognized this actress from the Matrix, where she plays the previously mentioned "Woman in the Red Dress". This is Australian actress and model Fiona Johnson and after a bit of googling I found that her character in AOTC is Hayde Gofai - "a patron of the Outlander Club on Coruscant that often attempted to catch the eye of prospective partners". At this point I thought that it was obvious that this combination of cameos was a direct reference to The Matrix, whose purpose is also to imply how Anakin wouldn't be easily distracted (unlike Neo) by some woman trying to catch his eye, especially because: a) He's a Jedi and b) A strong theme of the movie was how Anakin was thinking only about Padmé, and this only enhances that.
Of course, TheRobertissimo could be on to something here. The arrangement of these two actors, especially in slightly similar roles, does look like a deliberate casting decision by George Lucas. Furthermore, did you notice the color of the drinks on the bar? They're red and blue, just like The Matrix's famous pills.
An alternative explanation is a slightly less exciting one: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones filmed in Australia, as did The Matrix. So, both films could simply be sourcing the local talent (Matt Doran is also Australian) to fill these minor secondary roles. In that case, it's nothing but a coincidence.
Still, that's not as fun as linking these two franchises together. For one thing, this easter egg does automatically make Attack of the Clones a slightly better movie.