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Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu wants Kelly Marie Tran for Star Wars spin-off


Kelly didn’t feature heavily in the latest Star Wars film, leading to heated criticism (Picture: Rex)

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu has said he wants to direct a Star Wars spin-off with Kelly Marie Tran.

And not just any spin-off, but a Disney+ TV series!

Of course, this has to happen…

Kelly played the character Rose Tico in the last two films: 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi and 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

She is the first woman of colour cast as a significant character in the franchise.

However, the star barely appeared in the last film (76 seconds to be exact), which upset many fans.

Unsurprisingly.

Taking to Twitter, Jon wrote: ‘Ok @disneyplus. Put me in coach. Let’s make this series happen.’

He then added the hashtag ‘#RoseTicoDeservedBetter’.

Kelly joined the Star Wars saga in 2017 (Picture: Empics)

Couldn’t agree more!

Last year, Kelly was nominated for a handful of industry awards for The Last Jedi.

The star will soon lend her voice to The Croods 2 (Picture: Getty Images)

But despite her celebrated performance, she was the target of relentless racist and misogynist online abuse during her rise to fame.

Writing about the experience in the New York Times earlier this year – in a piece titled I won’t be marginalised by online harassment – she wrote: ‘I know that I now belong to a small group of privileged people who get to tell stories for a living, stories that are heard and seen and digested by a world that for so long has tasted only one thing.

‘I know how important that is. And I am not giving up.’

Kelly with fellow Star Wars star John Boyega (Picture: Rich Fury/Getty Images)

She will next be seen (or heard) in the animated film The Croods 2, as the voice of character Dawn Betterman.

Meanwhile, director Chu is in a position where he can pick and choose his projects right now: Crazy Rich Asians grossed $285.5 million (£218 million) worldwide against a $30 million (£23 million) budget last year.

He has also directed films like Justin Bieber’s Believe and Now You See Me 2.

His next is 2020’s In the Heights, based on the Broadway musical of the same name about the New York City neighbourhood Washington Heights.

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