Precious little is known about Laura Dern’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi character, Vice Admiral Holdo, but today fans know a little more. For a little background, Dern’s character enters the Resistance at a time of incredible uncertainty. The Starkiller Base was taken down in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the Resitance’s headquarters were destroyed and its fleet scattered to the wind. Naturally, it’s a pessimistic time in the Resistance. That’s where Holdo comes in.
“She enters the Resistance to shake things up,” Dern said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Holdo’s story will be intertwined with Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron, who views Holdo as the new boss on the scene. In this regard, a clash is imminent. But that tension won’t be limited to Holdo and Dameron – much of the Resistance shares the sentiment that the lavishly-dressed newcomer with dyed purple hair might not be the right person to liberate the galaxy from the clutches of the First Order.
According to Dern, Holdo’s appearance was painstakingly designed by the film’s crew, right down to her semi-faded hair color. The character’s appearance is meant to challenge stereotypes about women in positions of authority that are all too relevant in our world. “Like if she looks a certain way, she can’t achieve the job or she must be brazen,” Dern said. “You know, all the different versions of what we label someone. I mean, there are reasons why I might look the way I look.”
Arriving Dec. 15, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Kely Marie Tran, Gwendoline Christie, Domnhall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.