While J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” has various issues, one of the most noticeable to even the casual observer is how Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico character has been shunted to the side in this outing.
Tran made headlines after being on the receiving end of widespread harassment following the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in which she had extensive scenes and played a key role in Finn’s development – along with being the first woman of color to be cast in a significant role in the franchise. In ‘Skywalker’ though, she has no such important scenes.
In fact a report from Slate earlier this week revealed that across the film’s 142 minute runtime, Rose only shows up for around 1 minute 16 seconds. Subsequent outrage reached “Crazy Rich Asians” and “In The Heights” helmer John M. Chu who expressed his disappointment with the treatment of Rose.
He then used his social media channels like Twitter to personally lobby for Rose Tico to get her own Disney+ original series and offered to direct it. No word as yet if Lucasfilm or Disney will take him up on it.
The talk comes as another controversial character choice Abrams made has been discussed by the actor playing the role – none other than Emperor Palpatine himself Ian McDiarmid.
In an interview with Digital Spy, McDiarmid discussed his surprise upon hearing that he would be returning for his role after his character’s death in “Return of the Jedi”:
“I thought I was dead! I thought he was dead. Because when we did Return of the Jedi, and I was thrown down that chute to Galactic Hell, he was dead. And I said, ‘Oh, does he come back?’ And [George] said, ‘No, he’s dead.’ So I just accepted that. But then, of course, I didn’t know I was going to be doing the prequels, so in a sense he wasn’t dead, because we went back to revisit him when he was a young man. But I was totally surprised by this.”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is playing in cinemas over the Christmas/New Years holidays and is expected to once again dominate the charts this weekend.