Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams praised Rian Johnson's work on The Last Jedi, and, in particular, said Kelly Marie Tran's character, Rose Tico, is Johnson's greatest contribution to the series.
During the Episode IX panel at Star Wars Celebration, host Stephen Colbert introduced Tran to thunderous applause from the audience. During the presentation, Abrams made one very important statement about The Last Jedi, commending Johnson's work and stating that casting Rose "was the greatest thing" his predecessor did.
Rose's character was met with great controversy, which led to countless fans harassing Tran online. However, Abrams' statements seem to imply great things may be in store for the character in Episode IX. It also proves that, despite the polarizing nature of The Last Jedi, Disney and Lucasfilm stand behind Johnson's creative decisions.
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Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives December 20.