It is now starting to sound more and more like folks involved with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker indeed were actively sidelining Kelly Marie Tran and her character Rose Tico from the final film. 

New information via YouTuber Robert Meyer Burnett (backed-up by ThePlaylist) on the never used script titled Star Wars: Duel of The Fate from former writer/director Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connelly has seemingly leaked online revealing that Rose had a significant role originally and wasn’t downgraded to a background extra until later in the development process. 

Here are some of the main takeaways from Duel of The Fates. 

  • Rose and Finn go a side mission to enemy-occupied Coruscant (would seemingly confirm it wasn’t destroyed in The Force Awakens) for a call to arms by activating an ancient beacon in the old Jedi Temple to call the galaxy to war. 
  • Rose, Finn, and BB-8 steal a Star Destroyer with vehicles/weapons and the two are captured then sent to a POW camp, Rose is interrogated by General Hux. 
  • Finn after escaping recruits and convinces a group of Stormtroopers to defect and fight against the First Order on Coruscant. 
  • Rose and Finn take force-sensitive children (including Broom Boy) to a remote planet for Rey to train the next generation of Jedi. 

What prompted screenwriters Chris Terrio and J.J. Abrams to pretty much scrap Rose from The Rise of Skywalker given the sizable role in Duel of The Fates isn’t concrete, but it’s not hard to speculate that the vocal of hate towards the actress/character may have been a factor in that decision process. 

Downgrading her role in the film could have been simply a PR tactic to avoid the wave of racist/sexist hate spewed from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, just so they wouldn’t have to deal with it to the run-up of the release of Skywalker.

But, who knows?

This certainly doesn’t look good for Lucasfilm, Abrams, and Terrio.


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