In a movie that adds a lot to the galaxy far, far away, Rose Tico is an important new window into the world of Star Wars: The Last Jedi - and actress Kelly Marie Tran is clearly having the time of her life now that the movie is out. But a new behind-the-scenes featurette lets us see the moments that secured her place in the cast.
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As one of the new characters in one of the world's most popular film series, Kelly Marie Tran's face is everywhere. But she was still able to go unnoticed while out for dinner at a pub recently where, as it turns out, she sat next to some folks talking about The Last Jedi in "minute detail." After listening for a while, Tran couldn't help herself and jumped right into their conversation.
Days removed from seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I still can't believe it's a real movie. I can't believe what writer-director Rian Johnson did: He took all of our preconceived notions of what a Star Wars movie is and evolved them. The movie is genuinely shocking at times - multiple times - but it also feels fully authentic to the Star Wars universe. And this is why The Last Jedi is so good, even if there are a few hiccups along the way.
This weekend, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was unleashed on the crowds attending its world premiere in Los Angeles, which meant we got our first teases and reactions to the movie (surprise, people liked it!). But the highlight of the premiere was Kelly Marie Tran having an absolutely outstanding time.
Writer-director Rian Johnson cast Kelly Marie Tran as The Last Jedi's Rose Tico in November 2015. A month later, shortly before The Force Awakens was set to premiere, she was in London for make-up and wardrobe tests but still didn't know much about who she was playing. Rather naturally, she asked Johnson if she could read the Last Jedi script, and he obliged. That's when things got awkward.