"I am so excited for you to meet Kelly," director Rian Johnson told fans. "She's really something special."
Yes, there are Asians in a galaxy far, far away. Since it was announced that newcomer Kelly Marie Tran had joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VIII, there has been a great deal of mystery and speculation about, well, pretty much everything about her character. Here's what we know about her role: it's big.
Her casting was significant enough to announce in the initial press release alongside new cast additions Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern, when production began in February. And in an interview a few months back, star John Boyega, who played Finn in The Force Awakens, referred to Tran as the "new lead."
And now, over the weekend at the annual Star Wars Celebration Europe in London, director Rian Johnson confirmed that Tran does indeed play a significant role in the as-yet-untitled Episode VIII.
"I am so excited for you to meet Kelly," Johnson told fans. "She's really something special."