Kelly Marie Tran wanted to explore more of character’s story in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Kelly Marie Tran would have liked to explore more of her character Rose Tico’s storyline in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The actress first appeared as Resistance engineer Rose in 2017’s The Last Jedi, and fans were left outraged when they discove…

Kelly Marie Tran would have liked to explore more of her character Rose Tico’s storyline in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The actress first appeared as Resistance engineer Rose in 2017’s The Last Jedi, and fans were left outraged when they discovered the character had hardly any screen time – only 76 seconds – in The Rise of Skywalker, which has a running time of two hours and 35 minutes.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk before the backlash over her limited appearance, Tran admitted there was much more she would have liked to explore with the character.

“Yeah, I mean, I think that, as with any character that an actor plays there are always things you’re wanting to explore, because humanity is limitless and so a character’s humanity is limitless and there are so many things we’d all want to do as those characters so I would say yes?” she replied. “I don’t think there is a specific answer in exactly what I wanted to do, but I think J.J. (Abrams, director) has done such an incredible job of wrapping up nine films and having all of these different storylines and characters involved.”

Chris Terrio, who co-wrote the script with Abrams, recently addressed the actress’s limited screen time and revealed Rose was slated to appear in more scenes, but there were technical difficulties with the unused footage of the late Carrie Fisher, meaning many of the scenes featuring Rose and General Leia Organa were left on the cutting room floor.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 30-year-old revealed the scenes that involved the actors reacting to pre-recorded footage of Fisher were difficult.

“It’s one thing to sit there, look at that footage and try to react to it, but a lot of the big group scenes felt like they were puzzle pieces if that makes sense,” Tran explained. “We were trying to use specific moments that they already had, so it definitely took more time. I think there were more reshoots on those scenes, specifically, to just try and make sure all of the performances matched up since she wasn’t physically there.”

Tran, who hasn’t directly commented on the backlash, also revealed she was set to appear in more of the Battle of Exegol finale sequence.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker writer defends Kelly Marie Tran role following backlash

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker co-writer Chris Terrio is defending Kelly Marie Tran’s role in the new film following criticism over her lack of screen time.The Argo scribe, who penned the movie with director J.J. Abrams, was asked to address the fact…

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker co-writer Chris Terrio is defending Kelly Marie Tran’s role in the new film following criticism over her lack of screen time.

The Argo scribe, who penned the movie with director J.J. Abrams, was asked to address the fact that Tran appears as Resistance engineer Rose Tico for just 76 seconds of the movie’s two hours and 35 minutes running time, and he revealed the star’s character was initially slated for more scenes.

Terrio noted that while he and Abrams “adore” Tran, technical limitations led many of her sequences to be left on the cutting room floor due to the fact that Rose had scenes with General Leia Organa, who appeared using unused footage of the late Carrie Fisher.

“One of the reasons that Rose has a few less scenes than we would like her to have has to do with the difficulty of using Carrie Fisher’s footage in the way we wanted to,” Terrio told Awards Daily. “We wanted Rose to be the anchor at the rebel base who was with Leia. We thought we couldn’t leave Leia at the base without any of the principals who we love, so Leia and Rose were working together … As the process evolved, a few scenes we’d written with Rose and Leia turned out to not meet the standard of photorealism that we’d hoped for. Those scenes, unfortunately, fell out of the film.”

Terrio added: “The last thing we were doing was deliberately trying to sideline Rose. We adore the character, and we adore Kelly – so much so that we anchored her with our favorite person in this galaxy, General Leia.”

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu is among those who have expressed dismay over Tran’s role and has even offered to direct a Star Wars series about Tico, who first appeared in 2017’s The Last Jedi, for the streaming platform Disney+.

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Kelly Marie Tran was ‘very emotional’ after finishing filming The Rise of Skywalker

Kelly Marie Tran was “very emotional” after filming wrapped on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.The 30-year-old actress reprised her role as resistance fighter Rose Tico in the upcoming finale, directed by J.J. Abrams, and revealed that she was overcom…

Kelly Marie Tran was “very emotional” after filming wrapped on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The 30-year-old actress reprised her role as resistance fighter Rose Tico in the upcoming finale, directed by J.J. Abrams, and revealed that she was overcome with sadness on her last day on the set of the sci-fi saga.

“I did cry. It’s very emotional. It was very emotional,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I’ve been watching a lot of, like, bad Christmas movies to help with my emotions.”

And Tran was happy with how her character’s storyline was wrapped up in the highly-anticipated movie.

“I think that we’re all gonna be really happy with what this movie does,” she teased.

Despite being forced to quit social media after the vicious bullying she received after the release of 2017’s The Last Jedi, Tran is pleased she still has the support of a majority of Star Wars fans.

“Oh man, it means so much. I mean, I think that we’re all just kind of reminding ourselves that we’re in this thing that’s so much bigger than us, but moments like that are just inexplicable,” she explained. “Like you’ll never forget them, you know? It means a lot.”

Tran also seemingly dispelled rumours of a rift with her co-star John Boyega, as the pair posed together for pictures on the blue carpet at the permiere of The Rise of Skywalker in Hollywood on Monday.

The British actor, who plays Finn in the trilogy, was forced to apologise for comments he made in an interview with Variety, in which he called those who can’t deal with criticism online “weak”.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in cinemas from 18 December.

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Rian Johnson ‘really thankful’ for The Last Jedi backlash

Rian Johnson is “really, really thankful” for the backlash he received about Star Wars: The Last Jedi because it forced him to care less about people’s opinions on social media.The second film in the trilogy, which was released in 2017, was well-receiv…

Rian Johnson is “really, really thankful” for the backlash he received about Star Wars: The Last Jedi because it forced him to care less about people’s opinions on social media.

The second film in the trilogy, which was released in 2017, was well-received by critics, but fans of the much-loved sci-fi saga were not so kind, with a minority even starting a petition to remake the film.

Some fans even targeted the stars of The Last Jedi, with actress Kelly Marie Tran – who played resistance fighter Rose – being forced to quit social media after being subjected to abuse.

However, Johnson has confessed that the harsh criticism has made him stronger and stopped him from getting so upset about other people’s opinions.

“Before I made The Last Jedi, I had never had anyone hate me on the internet,” he told the ReelBlend podcast. “If during the course of a year I got one negative tweet I would go into a panic. I’d be like ‘Oh my God, someone out there doesn’t like me. I need to fix this!'”

The 45-year-old filmmaker, who has recently helmed the whodunnit Knives Out, said the backlash has helped his mental wellbeing.

“The thing is though, I am really really thankful. Because what that meant is that my sense of self-worth was attached to the notion of everybody liking me online. And the fact that this process has made me, out of survival, disconnect from that,” he added.

Johnson now has a “more realist view” of social media and is trying to avoid the trolls and use Twitter and Instagram in a healthier way.

“The bad stuff, the systematic trolling… honestly, once you’ve seen enough of it, you see the pattern of it. It just sort of gets boring after a while,” he shared.

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Daisy Ridley happy to finally work with ‘awesome’ Kelly Marie Tran on Star Wars

Daisy Ridley was excited to finally work with Kelly Marie Tran on the latest Star Wars movie. On Friday (12Apr19), the highly-anticipated trailer for the ninth instalment of the sci-fi saga – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – was released, showing Da…

Daisy Ridley was excited to finally work with Kelly Marie Tran on the latest Star Wars movie.

On Friday (12Apr19), the highly-anticipated trailer for the ninth instalment of the sci-fi saga – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – was released, showing Daisy reprising her role as Rey.

And the 27-year-old Brit was happy to get some screen time in with Kelly, who plays rebel mechanic Rose.

“It was so nice to work with Kelly, it was awesome,” she raved at the Star Wars Celebration event in Chicago, Illinois, alongside director J.J. Abrams, and fellow stars including Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Billy Dee Williams and newcomer Naomi Ackie.

Kelly – who received a standing ovation at the event after she was mercilessly bullied online for her role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi – also expressed her excitement over working with Daisy.

“I don’t know how much I can say, because J.J.’s like, three feet away from me, but I will say that I’m really excited for everyone to sort of see these characters back in action, and to see the way that their relationships have grown,” she gushed. “It’s going to be really exciting.”

A jump forward in time is reported to be one of the key plotlines in The Rise of Skywalker, but J.J. was tight-lipped when quizzed by the panel’s host, Stephen Colbert.

“Some time has gone by,” the filmmaker teased. “What I will say is, this is an adventure that the group goes on together. One of the great things about the movie was the dynamic between the characters. They are just the most wonderful together.”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits cinemas around the world from 18 December.

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Saoirse Ronan wows in white at AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards 2018

Saoirse Ronan rocked the red carpet at AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards 2018 on Monday night (05Jan18).The Irish actress attended the event held at the Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills in support of her movie Lady Bird, which had been nomi…

Saoirse Ronan rocked the red carpet at AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards 2018 on Monday night (05Jan18).

The Irish actress attended the event held at the Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills in support of her movie Lady Bird, which had been nominated in several categories, and also acted as a presenter.

Proving her style credentials once again, Saoirse opted for a minimalist white dress from Narciso Rodriguez, which she matched with strappy black Charlotte Olympia shoes.

The 23-year-old topped off her ensemble with sparkly teardrop-shaped earrings from Nikos Koulis.

Saoirse posed alongside Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig on the red carpet, with the filmmaker sporting a tangerine dress with bow detail on the bodice from Cardinali, as well as Laurie Metcalf, who picked up the Best Supporting Actress award on the night for her performance in the coming-of-age drama.

Laurie looked elegant in an emerald green dress by Yanina Couture that featured detailed embroidery on the bodice, and accessorised her ensemble with black high heel pumps.

Meanwhile, Helen Mirren turned heads in a dark blue long-sleeved dress from Reem Acra. The British star, who is currently promoting her movie Winchester, was honoured with the Career Achievement Award at the bash, joining a list of previous winners including Morgan Freeman, Kevin Costner, and Susan Sarandon.

Other celebrities to get dressed up included Jane Seymour, who donned a shiny silver bandage dress, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran, who dazzled in a pretty blue Georges Chakra Couture gown that was comprised of layers of tulle fabric.

Get Out star Betty Gabriel rocked a pale pink dress with lip motifs on the skirt from Sachin & Babi, while Annette Bening kept it classic in a cream suit and white button-up shirt.

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