‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’ Cut Rose Tico Because of CGI Issues and Not ‘The Last Jedi’ Backlash


Lately there has been a lot of “discussion” about why Rose Tico, played by actress Kelly Marie Tran, was only in The Rise of Skywalker for a total of 76 seconds (yes, someone actually went with a stop watch and timed it.)

Until now the anger and blame was directed towards the part of the fandom that didn’t like Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi film. As it turns out they had nothing to do with the lack of Rose Tico screen time in the lastest Star Wars movie.

According to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker writer Chris Terrio, it was the special effects and CGI for General Leia Organa that caused the Rose Tico scenes to be cut.

In a recent interview with Awards Daily he answered their question regarding Tico’s short screentime.

Chris Terrio had this to say:

Well, first of all, J.J. and I adore Kelly Marie Tran. 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’s footage in the way we wanted to. 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. The last thing we were doing was deliberately trying to sideline Rose. We adore the character, and we adore Kelly – so much so that we anchored her with our favorite person in this galaxy, General Leia.

We know why Rose Tico was left behind at the rebel base and why she had a much more abbreviated role, and it has nothing to do with the fans that didn’t like The Last Jedi.

Maybe now that this issue has an official explanation from Disney, those upset about Rose Tico can have closure and move on. Who knows. My husband is convinced they could put her back in the film with the deleted Leia scenes and tout it as “The Rose Tico cut.” Or re-release it (like they do when they want to break records) and add the scenes in as a selling point like they did with Avengers: Endgame. I could see Disney and Lucasfilms doing that. So maybe people will get her back via the Blu-Ray or another film release or something. Time will tell.

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Source: Awards Daily


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