Even if you love every Star Wars movie, there are moments that disappoint fans. One of the most disappointing things about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the sidelining of Kelly Marie Tran’s character Rose Tico. Now, there is a lot going on in the new Star Wars movie, and they only had a limited amount of time to work with. Rose may not have gotten much screen time, but she is a leader in the resistance and a big part of the final battle. Yet, this is Star Wars. Just because something doesn’t happen in the films, doesn’t mean there aren’t countless other mediums for Star Wars storytelling. However, because Kelly Marie Tran is such a big part of what makes Rose Tico a great character, a Star Wars Disney+ series seems like the best possible option.
It’s not even outside the realm of possibility. We love The Mandalorian and eagerly await the return of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Yet, the third Star Wars live-action series in the works is based on Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor character from Rogue One. His character is unique in that he is our first Star Wars hero that truly operates in shades of gray. Even when Han shot first in A New Hope, he was clearly taking out a “bad guy.” In his first scene in Rogue One, he kills an ally rather than let him be captured. Rose Tico is the kind of pure Star Wars character whose working-class experience is also a perspective lacking in the Star Wars universe and perfect for Disney+.
Jon Chu Volunteered to Help Make a Star Wars Disney+ Series for Rose Tico
The first reactions to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker have been divisive to say the least. Some fans love it for what it is, while others lament all the things it could be. Rose Tico went from being a main character (with her own leitmotif in the score, no less) in The Last Jedi to barely more than a cameo in the new film. Thus, this is one of the few objectively legitimate complaints that exist about a Star Wars film. (Don’t @ me, or do, I love talking about Star Wars.) And, despite the fact that controversy gets the most attention, there are fans out there that love Rose, as the video above clearly shows.
To be fair to J.J. Abrams, he and his fellow storytellers had to do a lot in the span of a single film. If they devoted more time to Rose, we likely wouldn’t have gotten Naomi Ackie’s Jannah, who is another great woman-of-color character I want more of in the Star Wars universe. So, when fans took to Twitter with #RoseTicoDeservedBetter, writer, director, and producer Jon Chu offered to help make it happen. Perhaps best known for directing Crazy Rich Asians, wrote, “Put me in coach. Let’s make this series happen” on Twitter. Chu is a remarkable talent, and he has experience with big action franchises. (He made, arguably, the better of the two G.I. Joe movies.)
What Would a Star Wars Disney+ Series About Rose Tico Look Like?
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In the expanded universe, Rose appears in a number of stories. There is the novel Cobalt Squadron that lays out her origin with her sister Paige (who died in the opening scene of The Last Jedi). She’s also present in the Resistance Reborn novel and the comic series leading up to The Rise of Skywalker. Still, these just scratch the surface about the character with fun details, such as her naming all the porgs who now live in the Millennium Falcon. So, there are plenty of things about her that can be mined for the series. Still, it would be nice to see a series set in a post-saga timeframe, showcasing the adventures that Rose can go on outside of the Resistance. One Twitter user even suggested that she and Jannah team up in the series, maybe teaming-up with Keri Russell’s Zorii Bliss.
Whatever storytellers would decide to do with a Star Wars Disney+ series about Rose Tico, it should be a character study as well as a fun adventure. Rose is a person who cares deeply about the people of the galaxy, and in a different way than iconic heroes like Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa did. As a character who doesn’t come from a privileged place, she sympathizes with those whom the forces in the galaxy harm in a very unique way. Highlighting that aspect of her character could make a series full of heartwarming and inspiring stories of heroism fitting in the Star Wars tradition of shows like The Clone Wars and Rebels.
What would you like to see in a Star Wars Disney+ series about Rose Tico? Share your thoughts, hopes, and story-pitches in the comments below!
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.