Imagine, not only the thrill of working on a Star Wars film – the sets and corridors of Pinewood your daily workplace – but you also get a thank you like this from J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and the production team. That’s what this gift gave, along with two jars (Jar Jar’s?) full of sand and jellybeans. But what could they mean?
The sand could be from Jedha, Tatooine, Jakku, or another sandy world. The bottle says that it ‘from a long time ago, not to far away.’ That could be from the smashed Temple of the Kyber on Jedha, Ben Kenobi’s hut on Tatooine, or perhaps Palpatine’s Jakku Observatory on Plaintive Hand plateau? Jedha and Jakku scenes were filmed at Pinewood so there’s some logic there.
And the jelly beans. The inscription says ‘Swallows you up whole’. The sarlacc pit? The Maw? So many options, and we will learn all we need to know on 20th December when the currently untitled Episode IX arrives in our galaxy.