While there are those like the Jedi and the Sith who are tied inexorably to the Force, the “Star Wars” universe has shown numerous characters in the past (such as Maz Kanata from ‘Force Awakens’ or Chirrut Imwe from ‘Rogue One’) who are ‘force sensitive’ – holding the power in high regard but not necessarily trained or strong enough to wield it.
In a new interview with EW, Laura Dern has revealed that her character of Vice Admiral Holdo from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was one such ‘force sensitive’ character – even if the film didn’t clearly spell that out:
“In their minds, and in their understanding of the origin story, we know that she was a true rebel in the Resistance, and in our culture we might have called her a hippie. But she was longing for peace, and a revolutionary in that way, and wanted to be trained by and led by Leia, who taught her everything she knew. She wanted to come up in the ranks to support Leia’s mission, but also had this otherworldly side that does involve the Force.”
Despite it not showing up, it was a key backstory element that was worked out between Dern, Rian Johnson, and Kathleen Kennedy and ties in to the motivation surrounding her sacrificial slamming of the ship into the First Order fleet:
“There’s something about her that longs to protect it, and holds that with great care. There’s a sort of a light on and a wisdom that she speaks about in the film, and speaks to Oscar Isaac’s character briefly about it. Her primary goal was to protect the light, to protect the Force, and to keep the revolutionaries alive. And I think the film speaks so beautifully to that with this last image of the next generation of the Resistance, you know?”
The comments come as both the film’s gag reel and an Honest Trailer for it have gone online as the film’s disc releases and rental VOD went on sale this week. Check those clips below: