'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Includes a 'Jurassic Park' Reference

Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuted last weekend, and it included a reference to another iconic franchise along the way.

Mild spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi below!

Partway through the film, Finn (John Boyega) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) attempt to break out of their imprisonment on Canto Bight. Finn and Rose make their escape, letting all of the Fathiers free in the process. The stampede makes its way towards the casino - and a glass of liquid is shown vibrating just seconds before their arrival.

As Jurassic Park fans know, this is a reference to the original 1993 film. In a now-iconic scene, two glasses of water are shown rippling, just as the T-Rex makes its triumphant and terrifying appearance in the film.

In a way, this reference might not catch everybody's attention while watching The Last Jedi (in part because there's just so much going on). And the concept of a small object vibrating to hint at some sort of disaster is almost ubiquitous at this point. Still, some have taken it as a direct reference to Jurassic Park - considering the link The Last Jedi already has to the film.

One of the several new additions in The Last Jedi is Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, who is played by Laura Dern. While Dern has since become known for her roles on Big Little Lies and Twin Peaks, she famously starred in Jurassic Park as Dr. Ellie Sattler.

While The Last Jedi provided Dern's debut into the Star Wars world, Dern has been a fan of the franchise since she was a child, and is more than aware of what the iconic franchise represents.


“It’s steeped in deep mythology, it’s the most human tale in a way of all these journeys," Dern told ComicBook.com earlier this month. "It is about family and it is about holding hope, even amidst depression. It’s incredibly relatable as a film of our time right now. So I think all those things, the themes keep it perhaps the most palpable."

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters now.