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Rose Tico, a character in the most recent Star Wars trilogy, had an important role in The Last Jedi (2017), but her participation was drastically reduced in The Rise of Skywalker (2019), in which she appeared for only 76 minutes.
Spectators speculate that the reason is the low approval rating that the character had among fans of the saga, which even generated a wave of bullying against her interpreter, Kelly Marie Tran. However, the justification given by Chris Terrio, screenwriter of the feature, was another. In an interview with the Awards Daily, he says:
First of all, JJ and I love Kelly Marie Tran. One of the reasons why Rose has fewer scenes than we would like her to have has to do with the difficulty of using Carrie’s images in the way we wanted. We wanted Rose to be the anchor of the rebel base that was with Leia. We thought we couldn’t leave Leia at the base without any of the directors we love, so Leia and Rose were working together. As the process evolved, some scenes that we wrote with Rose and Leia ended up not meeting the standard of photo-realism that we expected. Unfortunately, those scenes were cut from the film. The last thing we were doing was trying to deliberately push Rose away. We love the character and we love Kelly – so much so that we anchor her with our favorite person in this galaxy, General Leia.
Carrie Fisher’s participation in the film was made through images recorded by the actress while still alive, which were joined with unpublished materials, including scenes with Kelly Marie Tran.
Meanwhile, the feature continues to run in theaters indefinitely.
Read more about Star Wars: The Rise Skywalker at Cinema10.