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Star Wars Artist Explains Rose's Rise Of Skywalker Marketing Absence

The artist addresses the lack of Rose Tico in a recently-released Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker poster. Kelly Marie Tran debuted the Resistance member in Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2017, and while she suffered what seems like a grave injury at the end of the film, the character is confirmed to appear in the upcoming J.J. Abrams project. However, fans have noticed that she's nowhere to be found in marketing materials for the film, hence launching the hashtag: WheresRose.

In a couple of months, the Skywalker Saga will officially wrap up with the release of the third film in the sequel trilogy. Plot details are currently under wraps at this point, with Disney and Lucasfilm running a measured marketing campaign. But as the film's release date nears, they're starting to roll out some promotional materials to drive the hype up in preparation for The Rise of Skywalker's arrival.

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The artist behind the recent The Rise of Skywalker one-sheet, Brian Rood, has now explained why Rose isn't on the poster. Acknowledging the social media campaign asking where the character is, he revealed that his creation is a very early version of the artwork, and not yet fully finished. He adds that he's still waiting for the character reference so he can add Rose to the one-sheet, ensuring her look in the new film is accurately reproduced. Check out his statement below.

Fans in the comment section are mostly appreciative of Rood taking the time to address the issue and explain that Rose will be included in the poster's final version. However, the #WheresRose movement shouldn't necessarily stop there, considering that there's a slew of other marketing materials that don't include the character. For what it's worth, Rose has been pivotal in shaping the narrative arc of Finn (John Boyega), because without her, he would've chickened out and left the Resistance all together. Sure, the romantic connection between the two may not be the best creative direction, but her importance to his development as a committed fighter for the Resistance can't be ignored.

As a character on her own, Rose also represents a unique perspective to the ongoing conflict between The Resistance and the First Order. The Canto Bight sequence might be problematic, but it's where fans realize through her the elite and rich are unbothered by the destructive war. It's still unclear how she factors into the narrative of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but as Rey (Daisy Ridley) and company build their forces with a very small number of fighters by the end of The Last Jedi, chances are that Rose will once again play a significant role in the upcoming story.

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Source: Brian Rood

Key Release Dates
  • Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019
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