Star Wars: The Last Jedi
|Name:||Star Wars: The Last Jedi|
|Country of Origin:||America|
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the eighth film released in the Star Wars saga and the second film in the sequel trilogy. It was written and directed by Rian Johnson, and released in the United States on December 15, 2017. The main cast included many characters from The Force Awakens; Leia Organa, Rey, Poe Dameron, Finn, Kylo Ren, and the much anticipated return of Luke Skywalker. New characters included Rose Tico, General Holdo and DJ.
Possibly due to the anticipation surrounding this film, and due to the controversies in the The Force Awakens fandom, which included much fandom wank and anti-shipping, the fan reaction to The Last Jedi was mixed and the film led to more wank within the fandom.
Rose Tico and Fandom Racism
The casting of Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, was the first time an Asian actress had portrayed a main character in the Star Wars universe. While some fans were looking forward to more representation, in the lead up to the release of the film Rose's Wookiepedia page was edited to include racial slurs. This reaction is similar to the response following the announcement that John Boyega would portray a main character, Finn in The Force Awakens. SeeStar Wars: The Force Awakens#Racism In and Outside The Fandom.
In June 2018, actress Kelly Marie Tran deleted her Instagram posts, leading many in the media to speculate that her decision was as a result of racist and sexist comments from a small group of Star Wars fans unhappy with her role in the film. This was somewhat confirmed by tweets from director Rian Johnson implying that Kelly did leave social media due to harrassment.
Archives & Fannish Links
- ‘The Last Jedi’ star Kelly Marie Tran defended by fans from racist, sexist comments created 28/12/2017, accessed 21/03/2018.
- Did Star Wars Breakout Kelly Marie Tran Wipe Her Instagram Because of Harassment? posted on vulture.com June 5 2018, accessed June 11 2018.
- STAR WARS FANS RALLY BEHIND KELLY MARIE TRAN WITH #FANARTFORROSE posted on nerdist.com June 7 2018, accessed June 11 2018