It seems “Star Wars” fans are not happy with the direction of Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” and they’re calling for Disney, with its billions of dollars and sparkly new Disney+ streaming service, to give the character more screen time.
We’ve come to accept that the “Star Wars” community will always find something to debate, complain about, or criticize, but in the case of Rose Tico’s presence in the latest and final film (so they say) in the Skywalker saga, maybe they have a point?
“Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu, who is also helming the upcoming movie musical “In the Heights,” tweeted directly at the Disney+ and “Star Wars” accounts and calling on them to give Rose Tico her own series.
“Put me in coach. Let’s make this series happen,” Chu wrote, calling on Disney to do a Rose Tico streaming series.
On Twitter, the conversation as sparked the hashtag #RoseTicoDeservedBetter.
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) December 27, 2019
Representatives of Disney did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Disney+ launched in November with a hit “Star Wars” spinoff series in “The Mandalorian,” and with plans for other spin offs centered around Obi-Wan Kenobi and “Rogue One’s” Cassian Andor.
After serving as a main fixture and integral part of the plot in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Tran’s character appears on screen for just 1 minute and 16 seconds (give or take) of “The Rise of Skywalker’s” 2 hours and 22 minutes runtime, according to a report by Slate earlier this week.
“The Last Jedi,” directed by Rian Johnson, was not without its vocal critics. One of the major protests of that film also centered around Tran as racist internet trolls harassed her for months, leading to the actress deleting all of her posts on Instagram and leaving the social media platform.
Despite relegating her to the background of his latest film, “The Rise of Skywalker” director J.J. Abrams said earlier this year that Rose Tico “was the greatest thing” Johnson did in “The Last Jedi.”
Tran, who is of Vietnamese descent, was the first woman of color to have a lead role in the “Star Wars” films, as more studios have made an effort to be inclusive and promote diversity. Rose Tico even had her own character poster in promotion for “The Rise of Skywalker” despite her lack of screen time.
See tweets calling for more Tico time below:
ROSE TICO (Disney+ Series 2021)
After leaving an ungrateful Resistance behind, Rose Tico sets out on a personal journey to liberate every slave in the galaxy with sass, blasters & space horses. #RoseTicoDeservedBetter pic.twitter.com/uHpyLdJaBZ
– Rob (@RobCabrera) December 26, 2019
Disney, the solution is simple:
Give Rose Tico her own Disney+ show. Eight episodes. New adventure. Love interest. Story fleshed out.
From the perspective Star Wars needs: the working-class everyperson winning by saving what we love. pic.twitter.com/735snv3p2X
– Hector Navarro (@Hectorisfunny) December 26, 2019
Real talk, brand new character Beaumont / Dominic Monaghan got to say more words than returning character Rose Tico / Kelly Marie Tran in #RiseOfTheSkywalker and I’m actually livid about it.
– Jimmy Wong (@jfwong) December 20, 2019
Dominic Monaghan was so good as Rose Tico’s Other Lines.
– John Gholson (@gholson) December 27, 2019
quite frankly, rose tico IS star wars. she is the common person of the galaxy, rising up in resistance and rebellion. her message of fighting out of love, not hate, is THE central theme. it’s the main lesson george lucas was trying to teach us. #RoseTicoDeservedBetter
– joe//TROS AND MANDO SPOILERS (@jedioncer) December 26, 2019
Seriously was it that hard to give Rose a role similar to Lando in ROTJ? Doing something amazing in the climax to save the day?
– Sleighfrillas ???? ???? (@Schaffrillas) December 26, 2019