Things look to get more complex in the next Star Wars film. While Star Wars: The Force Awakens seemed very black-and-white, Star Wars: The Last Jedi looks to add in more dynamic and shades of gray to the equation. Additionally, we’ll get to see more nuanced aspects of the characters.
One such character is Poe Dameron. Poe is a prized fighter pilot for the Resistance, but as we know, he’s being groomed by General Leia to take on a leadership role in the future.
“Poe is grappling with how to become a leader and not just a hero pilot, which means keeping those emotions in check, to keep his fervor in check and think things through a bit more.”
Enter Laura Dern’s character, Vice Admiral Holdo. She’s also been groomed by Leia, but she has a very different approach to things than Poe, and needs to work to gain the trust of those in the Resistance.
Regarding this, Laura Dern told EW.
“She doesn’t particularly look like your typical military leader, and so I think there’s a bit of distrust for Poe. He’s not sure what to make of her, and then the way she speaks, the things she says.”
Actor Oscar Isaac also discussed Holdo and Poe’s relationship, saying:
“It’s definitely appropriate that they’ve paired us because a lot of the friction and conflict comes between Poe and that relationship with Admiral Holdo, who is this person that’s been — at least temporarily — put in charge of the Resistance.”
As far as her personality, she’s very confident and headstrong. Coming from his background, Poe is more hungry and reactionary, whereas Holdo is more of a strategist who understands the need to make sacrifices for the greater good.
“Even if something seems like it’s not the most heroic thing to do in the moment, thinking about the bigger picture is sometimes more important. That’s something he’s trying to wrap his mind around, but at the same time, with the Resistance being in such a precarious situation, he wants to do the right thing, and doesn’t want to just wait and let things happen. He doesn’t necessarily agree with the way Holdo sees the role of the Resistance in this particular moment.”
This sounds like an interesting dynamic, and we certainly hope they take advantage of it in the film. While all these character details and motivations are great, I do worry they’ll get buried in favor of the more action-heavy stuff, but with director Rian Johnson at the helm, we may have some time to delve into these power conflicts.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.
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