Reddit user TheRobertissimo just discovered an easter egg in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, which pays homage to The Matrix in a really interesting way.
Turns out George Lucas slid a little reference to the Wachowski’s landmark film into Attack of the Clones during the scene with Obi-Wan at the bar.
In Attack of the Clones the guy with the cigarette standing next to Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) offers him Death Sticks. Obi-Wan replies, “You don’t want to sell me death sticks.” If the dealer looks a little familiar, it’s because you’ve seen him in The Matrix.
His name is Matt Doran and he also plays Mouse in The Matrix. He was part of the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar, but more notably he developed the ‘Woman in the Red Dress’ program, which showed Neo how easy it was to get caught off guard while in The Matrix. Now look at how it ties into Attack of the Clones.
During the same scene in Attack of the Clones, about 15 seconds after Obi-Wan’s encounter with Matt Doran’s character at the bar, we see this blonde women give Anakin a seductive glance, she should also look familiar to Matrix fans.
She is “The Women in the Red Dress” that Mouse created. Her name is Fiona Johnson and her character in Attack of the Clones is Hayde Gofai – “a patron of the Outlander Club on Coruscant that often attempted to catch the eye of prospective partners”.
TheRobertissimo also points out that her being in the bar goes to show how, unlike Neo, Anakin couldn’t be distracted. This plays into him becoming a stronger Jedi and also further solidifies his unfaltering love for Padmé, which is a huge theme in Attack of the Clones.
Hats off to TheRobertissimo for uncovering this, it’s pretty impressive. But this also brings into question something a lot bigger… were the prequels all just part of The Matrix? We hope so, that way we can pretend they don’t really exist.