2 New STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Photos and Why It's Exciting that STAR WARS is Becoming More Diverse

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the most exciting movie for me, and many others, this year. We get to find out what the heck Luke has been up to, check up on the bromance that is Poe and Finn, and even see if Kylo becomes less emo (I doubt it). In addition, to check-ups and follow-ups, we’ll get to meet new characters such as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo and Rose. Here’s what we know about each of these new characters so far.

Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo

Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo

Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo will be played by Laura Dern (Jurassic Park), and has purple hair. Rose is the first major Asian female character in the Star Wars movies and is a rebel mechanic. She will be played by Kelly Marie Tran (CollegeHumor) and although we don’t know much else, Tran did tell Time, “John Boyega is very funny, and sometimes we could improvise[.] Is that answer diplomatic enough?” That’s what we know. We don’t know if they’re meant to be good, or chaotic, or lawful, or maybe double agents. Isn’t that best though?

I am excited to see Star Wars bring in more great characters, and even more excited that the cast is becoming more and more diverse. Tran talked to Time about her growing up:

When I was growing up, I didn’t see anyone like me in movies. And I wanted to be white for the longest time, because I thought that meant my story would be valid[.] When you’re a kid, you see images on TV and on billboards and in magazines–they all look the same, and you wonder, ‘Why don’t I look like that? And can I change myself to look like that?’

I hope new generations can watch movies like this and not feel like they need to change to meet what is portrayed. I hope that the new characters add to the story and create new role models and favorites for kids and adults alike. What roles do you think these women will play in The Last Jedi?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15, 2017.

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