BEASTIE BOYS INSPIRE CHARACTER SLOWEN-LO’S NAME IN NEW MOVIE ‘STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI’
The Beastie Boys inspired the name of a character in the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie with one of their hit records from 1986. Entertainment Weekly says that a tall alien character named Slowen-Lo featured in the film is named after the Beastie Boys’ “Slow and Low” track off of the collective’s debut album, Licensed to Ill. Slowen-Lo is voiced by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the new movie, which released to theatres on December 15th.
This isn’t the first time that the Star Wars franchise has made a reference to the iconic rap group. The Force Awakens also featured a Beastie Boys easter egg with another alien character and resistance pilot, Ello Asty, who was inspired by their Hello Nasty album title.
JJ Abrams, the director of the new Star Wars films, has not been shy about his love for the Beastie Boys and hip-hop culture. This is yet another way for the late MCA’s legacy to live on following his tragic passing in 2012.