Kelly Marie Tran played Rose Tico in Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi and briefly appeared as the character in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker. However, she ended up receiving a horrifying amount of racist backlash that led to her deleting her social media accounts. She was also heavily cut out of Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker and this only added fuel to many fans feeling she had been mistreated. She returned to voice the character in the recent holiday special, but many have assumed that her time in that galaxy far, far away had come to a close. Well, we here at Giant Freakin Robot have managed to get our hands on some exclusive info that says otherwise.
Thanks to one of our trusted and proven inside sources, we have learned that Kelly Marie Tran will return as Rose Tico in a project that focuses on her character. We have heard that it could be a full-fledged movie but might also be worked into a series on Disney+. Either way, we can conclusively state that Lucasfilm is interested in making an entire Star Wars project that will center around Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico. One has to believe that this is an attempt to do her character justice after the actress was so horrendously attacked online and the studio slimmed her part down in the ninth film.
Kelly Marie Tran seems to have a good relationship with the powers-that-be over at Disney. In addition to Rose Tico, she was also just the lead character in Raya and the Last Dragon. It sounds like the Mouse House enjoys working with her and has found a way to revive her Star Wars character in a big way. We also have to believe that this is a good PR move for Disney. In addition to the dispiriting fallout from the awful behavior Tran had to endure, there has been an effort to stem anti-Asian hate in general over the last few months. Disney committing to putting Kelly Marie Tran in a starring role as Rose Tico in a Star Wars movie or series will definitely go a long way in showcasing their support of Asian creatives.
Frankly, Rose Tico deserves more time in the spotlight. She was a hopeful and optimistic character in Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi and Kelly Marie Tran delivered a strong performance in the role. Seeing her reduced to barely a bit part in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker was a bummer and it would be great to see just what else she would be doing after the fall of the First Order. There are so many interesting avenues for her to explore, and Tran is more than capable of leading a movie or series as the character.
We are thrilled to be the ones to reveal this exclusive news about Kelly Marie Tran returning as Rose Tico. Here’s hoping we can learn some more information about this project and that Lucasfilm puts it on the fastest track they have.