With Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting screens on Dec. 18, many of us are fanning the flames of our Star Wars ardor with a rewatch. But only one of us is as eagle-eyed as Redditor The Robertissimo—who noticed a connection between the 2002 movie Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and the 1999 movie The Matrix.
If you don’t remember the “death sticks” scene in Attack of the Clones, let me refresh your memory:
The character Elan Sel’Sabagno was played by Matt Doran, who also played Mouse in The Matrix, who designed the woman in the red dress program.
According to The Robertissimo, “the Woman in the Red Dress progam [is] a program that aims to distract newbies of the Matrix in an attempt to show them how easy it is to be caught off guard.”
While he thought nothing of casting the same actor in two different roles, actress Fiona Johnson, an extra in the deathsticks scene, then caught his eye.
“I also recognized this actress from the Matrix, where she plays the previously mentioned 'Woman in the Red Dress'.
"This is Australian actress and model Fiona Johnson and after a bit of googling I found that her character in AOTC is Hayde Gofai - “a patron of the Outlander Club on Coruscant that often attempted to catch the eye of prospective partners”.
“At this point I though that it was obvious that this combination of cameos was a direct reference to The Matrix, whose purpose is also to imply how Anakin wouldn’t be easily distracted (unlike Neo) by some woman trying to catch his eye, especially because: a) He’s a Jedi and b) A strong theme of the movie was how Anakin was thinking only about Padmé, and this only enhances that."
In other words, casting both Doran and Johnson serves to point out how devoted Anakin is to Padmé.
So it was either an interesting casting choice ... or a coincidental casting choice that makes for an interesting fan theory 13 years later.