Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo may not have displayed any unusual abilities in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but actress Laura Dern insists her character was indeed Force-sensitive.
She revealed she spoke at length with writer-director Rian Johnson, producer Ram Bergman and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy about Holdo’s backstory. “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,” Dern told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
Dern described Holdo’s use of the Force as directed toward leadership — and the wisdom and awareness it requires — rather than combat. “There’s something about her that longs to protect it, and holds that with great care,” she said. “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.”
“Yeah, her primary goal was to protect the light, to protect the Force, and to keep the revolutionaries alive,” Dern continued. “And I think the film speaks so beautifully to that with this last image of the next generation of the Resistance, you know?”
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Benicio Del Toro as ‘DJ’, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, and the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. The film is now available on Digital HD, Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and On-Demand.
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