One of the biggest critiques of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, is that Kelly Marine Tran went from supporting lead character in Star Wars: The Last Jedi to simply being given a glorified cameo in the latest installment with under two minutes of screentime.
That did seemingly come off as a poor reaction to the wave of hate towards the actress and her character in The Last Jedi. Doesn’t look terribly good on their part to basically remove her from the film for the most part and wasn’t added to the marketing campaign until people noticed/voiced concern.
Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu has taken to his official Twitter account to volunteer to develop/make a Rose Tico series for Disney+ after The Rise of Skywalker put the character into the background.
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) December 27, 2019
Interesting enough, HN Entertainment had reported that Lucasfilm/Disney had been mulling over internally a bunch of different Star Wars live-action series projects for Disney+ and one of them just happened to be one centred around Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico (along with one that could focus on a young Princess Leia and others).
There was certainly a lot of unwarranted hate towards Kelly Marie/Rose simply based on the character’s race and gender, which brought out the worst of fandom and help contribute to her leaving social media. Although, not sure when you’re complaints pivot to the character’s race/gender you’re actually a fan, sounds more like hate-filled trolls trying to push their bigotry upon the world.
So, when Rose was given under two minutes of screentime that seemed to give those hateful trolls what they wanted, much much less Rose on screen.
At this point, Lucasfilm/Disney hasn’t announced any official plans for spinoffs of the new trilogy but that could certainly happen. However, Kathleen Kennedy has alluded to the characters returning sometime in the future.
SOURCE: JON M. CHU