Beastie Boys Mike D I'm Stoked J.J. Paid Homage to My Group ... In 'Star Wars'

1/12/2016 6:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Mike D from the Beastie Boys was duly impressed J.J. Abrams gave an oblique shout-out to his group in the new 'Star Wars.'

The director named character Ello Atsy after the Beastie Boys album "Hello Nasty," and his helmet appears to have "Born to Ill" emblazoned on it.  

It also seems another character, BB-8, may be a vague reference to the number of albums the group has recorded.