The biggest reveal at the Star Wars Celebration panel for The Last Jedi was, naturally, the new trailer. But director Rian Johnson also introduced a character who has what he said was the “the biggest new part in the movie.” Her name is Rose and she’s played by Kelly Marie Tran, who took the stage. Rose, the two explained, is a maintenance worker in the Resistance. According to Johnson, her storyline will align with that of Finn (John Boyega). “She’s not a soldier, she‘s not looking to be a hero,” he said. “And she gets pulled in a very big way into an adventure in this movie with Finn.“
Tran has a background in comedy, having appeared in CollegeHumor Originals and even an episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! During the event today, she explained that she told her family she was making an indie movie in Canada in order to keep her Star Wars secrets. She even purchased some maple syrup to further the ruse.