Rose and Finn will have a dynamic all their own in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi. This news arrives as part of Entertainment Weekly's larger promotional push for The Last Jedi - one that has already included news about Luke (Mark Hamill) and Rey's (Daisy Ridley) tumultuous dynamic in the film, among other key details from the upcoming film.
The Last Jedi will also include a slightly happier duo: Finn (John Boyega) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran), who will be heading up the Resistance storyline in the movie, along with ace pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). According to the reports, it's Rose who helps Finn reach his true heroic potential, after the events of The Force Awakens leave Finn shaken to his core.
Here is what Boyega told EW, with regard to where The Last Jedi finds Finn:
“[What happened in 'The Force Awakens'] got really really for him. And he just wants to get away and not be involved. His intention in the first place was to go to the Outer Rim. He was always brought back... but this is his chance to get away and perhaps find Rey and go off together. He’s trying to do that at first.”
It takes the attentions of one Resistance mechanic to get Finn back on his feet. Rose is apparently starstruck by Finn, viewing him as a big deal in the Resistance. And who can blame her? Finn is a defecting Stormtrooper who helped take down Starkiller Base and who stood up to Kylo Ren and lived to tell the tale. Finn is without a doubt a big deal. Rose, on the other hand, is more of a nobody. Her sister might be a stellar gunner who fights alongside Resistance bigwigs but Rose just does her job behind the scenes. As Tran explains it:
“Poe Dameron is super cool. Finn’s super cool. Even though [Rose] is good at what she does, she’s not known. She’s not cool. She’s this nobody, this background player, which is what makes her interesting. She’s not the best. She’s not royalty. She’s someone who is just like everyone else.”
EW's article does tease that living up to Rose's expectations might not be an order that anyone can fulfill, which means there might be some stress on her and Finn's relationship, especially as they journey to the glamorous city of Canto Bight. The article also teases that both Tico sisters joined the Resistance following the destruction of their home by the First Order, which means they might be refugees from the Hosnian system (a planet destroyed during The Force Awakens). That would give her character depth, as she would be struggling not only with her own newfound heroism but the grief of losing her entire planet.
So what does this all mean? First off, a few comparisons to The Empire Strikes Back are going to be present, with one main character off learning how to be a Jedi while the others journey to a glamorous world in search of...well, something we'll surely find out in December. Another is the potential for romance between Finn and Rose, which could blossom despite director Rian Johnson's promise that there's no centerpiece romance in The Last Jedi. After all, they're together on some new world all by themselves. Stranger things have happened in the Star Wars universe.
We also know that Finn and Rose sneak onto a Star Destroyer at some point in the film, which means that they will probably avoid getting frozen in carbonite on Canto Bight. Their plot is still under wraps for the most part, but without a doubt it could be just as exciting as the plot surrounding Rey and Luke. Hopefully, Rose will become as beloved as Finn, Rey, and Poe already are.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019