'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Actress Laura Dern Reveals Details About Her Character

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - 6:52PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - 6:52PM
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Actress Laura Dern Reveals Details About Her Character
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Considering how close to release Star Wars: The Last Jedi is by this point, it's astounding that we still don't really know a lot about the movie, its plot, and its new characters.

Case in point is Admiral Holdo, a member of the Resistance who seems to be set up as a kind of anti-General Leia Organa. Where Carrie Fisher's iconic character is wise, thoughtful, and considerate in her political dealings, some early reports claim that Holdo will instead be far more brash and eager to push for confrontation.

While we don't have any solid word on that point, Laura Dern, the actress who plays Holdo (you may also recognize her from Jurassic Park and the new Twin Peaks season), has let slip that we might be seeing the Admiral take part in a blaster-filled shoot out at some point in the upcoming movie.

Speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dern insisted that yes, she really is in Star Wars (there's a picture and everything) as presumably, months of having to keep quiet about her involvement have led her to be eager to announce to anyone who'll listen that she's achieved this lofty childhood goal that three quarters of the world's population all share. You can see it below:

While Dern was pretty tight-lipped about her character during the interview (Ellen jokes that Dern would get arrested if she broke her NDA, but the House of Mouse would indeed be vindictive about this sort of thing), she did manage to let slip a tiny piece of information. According to Dern:

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"I do have weaponry in the scene, I have said that, [director Rian Johnson] literally heard me making sounds, because I'd only done it in my room in childhood, and on camera you hear me going 'pew, pew pew'. It was so embarrassing, but I was so excited to be there that I really did think that I was at play."
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So apparently, Admiral Holdo is going to see some action, which suggests that her character may well be as bloodthirsty as the rumors claim.

It also could suggest that things don't go well for the Resistance this time around. In The Force Awakens, we didn't see any of the Resistance Brass such as General Organa forced to take shelter from blaster fire themselves, but if Holdo runs into danger at some point, it could hint at a First Order invasion of the Resistance base.

This probably wouldn't come as a shock to anyone who's seen The Empire Strikes Back, and if The Last Jedi follows the original Star Wars sequel as closely as The Force Awakens follows A New Hope, we can all expect Kylo Ren to stalk the halls of the Resistance HQ while Leia makes a daring last-minute escape.

We know that at some point Leia will be on a Resistance command ship - this could be, as in The Empire Strikes Back, because the fleet has been scattered across the stars in order to avoid First Order attacks. It'd be nice to credit Rian Johnson with a little more ingenuity than that, but if there's one thing the new iteration of Lucasarts has proven, it's that they're eager to revisit plot points that have worked well in the past.

There's also the question of why Admiral Holdo has purple hair - her slightly garish appearance does seem to contrast that of Supreme Leader Snoke and his golden kimono. Color appears to be very important to Rian Johnson's vision of a Star Wars movie, so Holdo's color scheme, part way between the cool blue of the Resistance and the deep red of the First Order, may hold some clues as to her character arc in this movie.

Or, maybe she just likes the color purple. Perhaps Admiral Holdo is one of the galaxy's few remaining Mace Windu fans, since any character played by Samuel L. Jackson is likely to have some.

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