Laura Dern, Poe Dameron, and the droids of the Resistance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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The Resistance Admiral
Laura Dern’s character may be called Admiral Holdo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That is the name being used by people around the production to talk about her. The strangest part is she doesn’t look anything like an admiral in the classic sense. Admiral Holdo wears a long, regal mauve gown with a short cape that hangs down in back with a concealed laser pistol. She has metallic braces around her wrists. Her pink hair is curled with a flapper vibe to it but it’s not incredibly short. She’s kind of the antithesis of Leia’s new general look of a brown dress with her old A New Hope blaster pistol. Admiral Holdo looks very much like a design from the prequel era of Star Wars.
Fleet Leader Dameron
Admiral Holdo appears to be Poe Dameron’s nemesis in the film as he guides the remnants of the Resistance Fleet through the galaxy as they outrun the First Order fleet. Poe is primarily leading this fleet. But there is a moment where we will see that his black X-wing has been upgraded with some new engines making the ship even faster, so don’t worry if you want to see “one helluva pilot” doing his thing in The Last Jedi.
On a side note, there are Resistance BB units in the film too. However, these guys look very rusty and old. They are not evocative of Artoo-Detoo like BB-8 is. I want to say they’re almost steampunk in design. Their look is very brassy and beat-up and they’re in contrast to the First Order BB units that are black with red-hot vents on the side of the body. It all makes BB-8 all the more unique. However, it appears BB-8 will be with Finn and “Rose” for the majority of the film. We still aren’t sure if Poe will fly with one of the new brass Resistance BB droids or if BB-8 will return in time for a reunion flight with Poe.
If the rumors about Dern’s Admiral Holdo are true it sounds like we have a divided Resistance thanks to her inclusion. However it also sounds like the new Resistance ships she brings to the fleet are formidable. They’re sort of an abstract design but they have ball turrets on them just like the Low Altitude Assault Transports from Attack of the Clones. Supposedly you can see the Resistance fighters in them as they blast TIEs and go up against Supreme Leader Snoke’s Mega Destroyer. These ships were called “Honey Droppers” during production and the codename for the Mega Destroyer was the “100 Acre Wood.”
The stakes sound higher for the Resistance this time. Based on the things we’re hearing, Star Wars: The Force Awakens sounds like a rather innocent time for the Resistance.