WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in theaters now.
The official Star Wars Facebook account has defended Star Wars: The Last Jedi character Rose Tico from fans upset by the character’s actions in the film.
Played by Kelly Marie Tran, Rose is introduced in Rian Johnson’s sequel as a mechanic who joins Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) to shut down the First Order’s ability to track the Resistance through hyperspace. Some fans began to bash Rose in the comments to Tran’s audition video. Apparently, they didn’t like how she helped plot this unsuccessful mini-rebellion, hired the traitorous code-breaker D.J. (Benicio del Toro) in Canto Bight, and lastly, stopped Finn from sacrificing himself by flying into the First Order’s battering ram on Crait. Some even questioned her purpose, calling her a casting just to make up a diversity quota.
In response, the Facebook account commented: “Prevented four Resistance deserters from stealing escape pods. Assisted in the formation of a plan that would’ve allowed the Resistance to escape the First Order pursuit. Persuaded a fathier stable boy to enable her and Finn’s escape from Canto Bight. Conducted an essential survey of available supplies available to the Resistance on Crait. Saved Finn from an inconsequential course of action that would’ve ended his life. For a character who did absolutely nothing, that’s impressive… most impressive.”
It added: “Personal growth is inherent to every Star Wars story. Without the detour to Canto Bight, Finn wouldn’t have grown past only caring about himself and his immediate circle of friends. And Rose wouldn’t have discovered her own ability to be the type of hero she idolized.”
In theaters now, 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.
(via Screen Rant)
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