The largely testosterone-fueled Star Wars movie franchise has added an important new female character in the eighth film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, director Rian Johnson said on Friday at a fanfest in Orlando.
Johnson said the movie, scheduled for release in December, is still in post-production.
Kelly Marie Tran plays Rose, a maintenance worker in the Resistance. Johnson said her character embodies the notion that even the most unlikely person can step up and become a hero. He said her part is the biggest new role in the film.
Johnson teased at the possibility of Rose and Finn pairing. He added, “She’s not a soldier, she’s not looking to be a hero. But she does get pulled into a very big adventure with Finn.”
With Rose’s story, Johnson is trying to tell that anyone can step up and become a hero. Johnson said that Luke Skywalker and Rey are the people cut from that very same cloth.
Kelly Marie Tran is known for guest appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! But her moment of recognition came with 2013 web series Ladies Like Us, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Tran’s character introduction was as adorable as they come. But the other new characters played by Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro are still under wraps.
Lucasfilm also live-streamed to fans worldwide the first movie trailer that features Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, wielding a light saber under the guidance of Luke Skywalker who tells her that it’s time for the Jedi to end.
Ridley was brought into the franchise in the seventh movie, The Force Awakens, as a lead character. Fans have been expecting Lucasfilm to add more females to the cast.
The movie poster shows Rey on an intense red background pointing her light saber skyward, the beam dividing images of Skywalker and Kylo Ren. The poster harkens back to the poster for the first Star Wars film in 1977 in which Skywalker similarly pointed the beam up.