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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker writers weren't trying to 'sideline' Kelly Marie Train's character


Star Wars fans have been speaking out about Kelly Marie Tran’s beloved character, Rose Tico, being underused in The Rise of Skywalker, and now one of the writers is speaking out.

Screenwriter Chris Terrio, who co-wrote the script with director J.J. Abrams, spoke with Awards Daily, where he insisted that they weren’t deliberately trying to ‘sideline’ the character, who debuted in 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The writer revealed that the reason Rose Tico wasn’t as prevalent in The Rise of Skywalker was because of the scenes they had to add with the late Carrie Fisher‘s character Leia Organa.

No Rose: Star Wars fans have been speaking out about Kelly Marie Tran's beloved character Rose Tico being underused in The Rise of Skywalker and now one of the writers is speaking out.

No Rose: Star Wars fans have been speaking out about Kelly Marie Tran’s beloved character Rose Tico being underused in The Rise of Skywalker and now one of the writers is speaking out.

Fisher passed away in 2016, before production on The Rise of Skywalker began, but the filmmakers confirmed they planned on taking unused footage of Fisher from 2015’s The Force Awakens to use in The Rise of Skywalker.

While Terrio, who won an Oscar for writing Argo and also wrote Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, admitted that he and director J.J. Abrams, ‘adore Kelly Marie Tran,’ he revealed why she doesn’t have as many scenes.

‘One of the reasons that Rose has a few less scenes than we would like her to have has to do with the difficulty of using Carrie’s footage in the way we wanted to,’ he said.

Rose: While Terrio, who won an Oscar for writing Argo and also wrote Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, admitted that he and director J.J. Abrams, 'adore Kelly Marie Tran,' he revealed why she doesn't have as many scenes

Rose: While Terrio, who won an Oscar for writing Argo and also wrote Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, admitted that he and director J.J. Abrams, ‘adore Kelly Marie Tran,’ he revealed why she doesn’t have as many scenes

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Leia: 'One of the reasons that Rose has a few less scenes than we would like her to have has to do with the difficulty of using Carrie’s footage in the way we wanted to,' he said

Leia: ‘One of the reasons that Rose has a few less scenes than we would like her to have has to do with the difficulty of using Carrie’s footage in the way we wanted to,’ he said

‘We wanted Rose to be the anchor at the rebel base who was with Leia. We thought we couldn’t leave Leia at the base without any of the principals who we love, so Leia and Rose were working together,’ Terrio added.

Tran made her debut as Tico in The Last Jedi, a mechanic with the Resistance who goes on a mission with John Boyega’s Finn, becoming the first woman of color to portray a major character in a Star Wars movie.

Tico was largely beloved after The Last Jedi, which lead to the backlash when The Rise of Skywalker didn’t feature as much Tico as fans would like, which was a result of the scenes they had planned being cut for a very specific reason. 

Rose and Finn: Tran made her debut as Tico in The Last Jedi, a mechanic with the Resistance who goes on a mission with John Boyega's Finn, becoming the first woman of color to portray a major character in a Star Wars movie

Rose and Finn: Tran made her debut as Tico in The Last Jedi, a mechanic with the Resistance who goes on a mission with John Boyega’s Finn, becoming the first woman of color to portray a major character in a Star Wars movie

‘As the process evolved, a few scenes we’d written with Rose and Leia turned out to not meet the standard of photorealism that we’d hoped for,’ Terrio said.

‘Those scenes unfortunately fell out of the film. The last thing we were doing was deliberately trying to sideline Rose,’ the writer added.

‘We adore the character, and we adore Kelly – so much so that we anchored her with our favorite person in this galaxy, General Leia,’ he concluded

Not photoreal: 'As the process evolved, a few scenes we’d written with Rose and Leia turned out to not meet the standard of photorealism that we’d hoped for,' Terrio said

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Not photoreal: ‘As the process evolved, a few scenes we’d written with Rose and Leia turned out to not meet the standard of photorealism that we’d hoped for,’ Terrio said

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker topped the box office again in its second week in a row, earning $72 million, dropping 59.4% from its first weekend.

The film has earned $341.3 million domestic and $704.3 million worldwide, from a reported budget between $250 million and $300 million.

While its $177.3 million debut is one of the biggest of the year, it’s still the lowest of of the new Star Wars trilogy, behind 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ then-record $247.9 million and 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s $220 million.

Two Roses: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker topped the box office again in its second week in a row, earning $72 million, dropping 59.4% from its first weekend

Two Roses: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker topped the box office again in its second week in a row, earning $72 million, dropping 59.4% from its first weekend



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