Despite all it’s numerous controversies, Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker is still set to make *checks notes* all the money in this and many far, far away galaxies. Despite mixed reviews and reception, the movie is still Star Wars, and people still love Star Wars, and love to hate it.
Still, certain aspects of the movie just won’t go away, such as the decision to feature as little of Kelly’ Tran as Rose. This seems to be the biggest concession to Star Wars’ worst fans impulse, and there doesn’t seem to be any good reason for it; Rose was clearly being set up to feature prominently in the next entry at The Last Jedi. They even set her up as a love interest for Finn!
But fear not! One of the writer’s of the Rise of Skywalker has shown up to…well, quite frankly, to give about as big a bullshit answer as you can give without actually standing in front of a cow’s asshole.
“One of the reasons that Rose has a few less scenes than we would like her to have has to do with the difficulty of using Carrie Fisher’s footage in the way we wanted to,” Terrio told Awards Daily, via Entertainment Weekly. “We wanted Rose to be the anchor at the rebel base who was with Leia. We thought we couldn’t leave Leia at the base without any of the principals who we love, so Leia and Rose were working together … As the process evolved, a few scenes we’d written with Rose and Leia turned out to not meet the standard of photorealism that we’d hoped for. Those scenes, unfortunately, fell out of the film.”
It’s interesting that one of the ways Disney is trying to spin the exclusion of Tran from the bulk of the movie is that they didn’t want her to hang out with the people she had built relationships with, but instead wanted her to act opposite someone who is dead, and then were “saddened” they couldn’t cut around the deleted scenes in a way to make the movie make sense. A good way to avoid that would’ve been to, I dunno, just have Rose go on the fucking adventure with everyone else and maybe not try to shoehorn Carrie Fisher into the movie so damn much, we all know she’s passed away. Throwing a dead woman under the bus just isn’t a good look.
A much better way to handle this situation would be…well, 1.) to just give Rose her own Star Wars series on Disney+, and 2.) to fucking apologize. Rise of Skywalker is a severe course correction after Disney and J.J Abrams interpreted the cries of a loud but vocal few as the thoughts and feelings of the rest of, and it’d be nice if someone came out and said “We’re proud of what we accomplished, but maybe not so proud of removing a woman who was harassed for little reason other than ‘they didn’t like the Canto Bight scenes in a movie about space wizards and laser swords’, we apologize and we need to do better by her.”
Saying “sorry” never hurt anyone. Do better, Disney, do better.