Bothan spies have been working double-time to get any-and-all news for Star Wars: Episode VIII, and thanks to a report from Latino Review, we may now know which role Laura Dern will play in the sequel to The Force Awakens…
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Take this with a grain of salt, because Latino Review usually gets their leaks right (but not always). According to the site, Laura Dern will portray some sort of Resistance fleet officer who outranks Poe Dameron, in Star Wars: Episode VIII. Here’s what their source had to say:
"“In one of the scenes shot in this stage, a rag-tag group of Resistance fighters have seen some battle. Cut and bruised, they and Poe Dameron are on this ship when Laura Dern, playing some sort of captain or officer. She tells the fighters that they are the last of the rebellion/resistance (I’m unclear on the exact phrasing of the line, so no capitalizing the Resistance) and that Princess Leia has been gravely injured and is receiving medical attention.”"
Looks like all those dream-casting calls for Dern — hoping she would play Rey’s mother/Luke’s wife — might not be coming to fruition, if this LR‘s source is to be believed. But wait, there’s more, as Poe Dameron and Dern’s as-yet unnamed character seemingly do not like each other, and have an argument which ends with Poe taking control of the ship:
"“…another scene we’ve gotten wind of has Poe leading a group of Resistance fighters as they take over what is presumably Dern’s ship. The scene included fighters under Poe removing technicians from their computer stations and Poe pointing a blaster at Dern’s character.”"
Sounds like the Resistance is going to be mixing it up with the First Order and in the process, General Leia will be gravely injured. Could we be losing Leia in Star Wars: Episode VIII, much like we lost Han in Episode VII? If so, what does that portend for Luke in Episode IX? Okay…maybe I’m getting way ahead of myself, but it does look as if Leia and the Resistance takes one on the chin, in this film.
You can read the full list of leaks from Latin Review‘s source by clicking on the link provided.
We’d like to hear from you: Is Laura Dern as a Resistance Fleet Officer a waste of her talent? Or the perfect role? Would you rather see her in the wish-fulfilment role as Rey’s mom? Let us know in the comments and on social media.