“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” cast — will Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose be a lead?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Rose Tico

The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer is here but it's left us with some big questions.

It's here! The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer has finally been unleashed and fans haven't stopped talking about it since. It's certainly provided cinema enthusiasts with a brief break from Avengers: Endgame anticipation, as a new Star Wars trailer always welcomes analysis and discussion. This will be the ninth instalment in the saga and will also see Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams return to the helm after Rian Johnson's reign over Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

Fans, on the whole, appear to be thrilled that Abrams is back, which is quite an achievement considering how hard the fanbase is to please. Although very familiar, he did a pretty fantastic job on The Force Awakens, and after a more divisive instalment in his absence, it was pretty much a no-brainer to request his return to the franchise. As a lifelong fan of the series, it was obviously a difficult gig for him to turn down. Now, the saga will end where this decade's resurrection of it began... with Abrams' vision. 

So, what will that entail? Although we've only just been treated to our first glimpse, we've already had a lot confirmed. The trailer opens with Rey (Daisy Ridley) deep in thought, attuned to the voice-over coming from Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker; she's at one with force, lightsaber in hand. We see Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in action, and are reintroduced to key players such as Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) - Billy Dee Williams' Lando Calrissian even makes an appearance. 

Even though we've witnessed Rey embracing Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), grand, spacious landscapes and heard the perilous, eerie laugh of the evil Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), detractors of The Last Jedi are still preoccupied with one question; will Kelly Marie Tran's Rose Tico be a main character?

Most of the audiences who disliked The last Jedi expressed a strong dislike for the new arrival, finding her narrative agency irritating and disruptive. Despite this, it's clear she had some important fans. As reported by ScreenRant, it's clear that one of these admirers is Abrams himself: "I was grateful to Rian Johnson for so many things that he did but the greatest for me was casting Kelly Marie." 

Taking this into consideration, it would be wise to predict that her role in The Rise of Skywalker will be pretty significant. Her absence in the trailer was perhaps the best idea to avoid uproar from some of the franchise's more toxic fanbase, but it looks like we can expect Tran's Rose to take up some hefty screen time. 

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