Rumors About Laura Dern’s Character in Star Wars Episode VIII!

Laura Dern

Laura Dern is one of the key names that was brought up when the cast list for Star Wars Episode VIII was announced. Today, Da7e from Latino-Review has come forward by stating that Dern is currently filming scenes at Pinewood Studios, along with a few rumors about where her character will be seen in the film and who she’ll be seen with.

 

Potential spoilers ahead.

 

This is what Da7e has heard:

There’s a stage setup like the interior of a starship. I don’t know what kind of starship, but it is large enough to have a crew and lots of droids manning it. The set has a bunch of practical effect robots and “hairy” alien creatures on it, and given that The First Order seems to be keeping up with the “humans only” hiring policy of The Empire, that suggests it is not a First Order ship to me.

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.

Oscar Isaac and Laura Dern have an antagonistic exchange of words and Dern’s character is blunt with Poe, like she has some sort of authority over him. Things must be tense between these two characters because 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.

The rest of Da7e’s article discusses recent matters, such as the details behind the Dubrovnik filming and some details on Rogue One, which we’ve already covered on the site. However, I would wholeheartedly recommend checking it out – it serves as an excellent recap. Da7e also speculates that Dern’s character could appear in the forthcoming novel Bloodline, which is also interesting and very plausible.

 

Bloodline

The hostility between Poe and Laura Dern’s character suggests that she is not part of the Resistance herself, but is a representative of the New Republic’s military, who have been drawn into the battle after the First Order blew up Hosnian Prime. Since the novelization of The Force Awakens seems to indicate that Leia’s Resistance is far from being fully-supported from within the New Republic, it seems as though the two organizations are struggling together as opposed to operating as true allies. Perhaps the New Republic blames the Resistance for what happened instead of taking responsibility in allowing the First Order rise in the first place.

 

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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

60 thoughts on “Rumors About Laura Dern’s Character in Star Wars Episode VIII!

  • March 19, 2016 at 12:38 am
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    I wonder if she is going to be Evaan Verlaine

  • March 19, 2016 at 2:03 am
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    Ugghhh not a big fan of her. So this already sounds like we are copying ESB. The “last of the resistance?” So let me guess: the First Order has “Struck Back.”

    • March 19, 2016 at 2:15 am
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      None of this sound much like ESB. I mean, if a movie about a war in the stars is too unoriginal for you it might be time to check out of the franchise.

    • March 19, 2016 at 5:07 am
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      how on earth does it sound like ESB?

    • March 19, 2016 at 5:37 am
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      You mean the one where the rebels escaped the imperials in the first thirty minutes and a few people get pursued for a personal vendetta instead of a military victory?

      • March 19, 2016 at 5:50 am
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        Haha Yes, anger feelings and revenge wishes blinded Vader smart criteria.

    • March 19, 2016 at 6:25 am
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      I don’t remember General Veers pointing a blaster at Vader’s head telling him to stop ramming the ship into asteroids.

      https://youtu.be/NG06BR0uDKI

    • March 19, 2016 at 10:11 am
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      Are you stupid? How is this remotely the same?

    • March 20, 2016 at 4:36 pm
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      Omfg you people are gonna look for anything to let it ruin the movie for you….

  • March 19, 2016 at 2:35 am
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    I lobe Laura Dern! Blue Velvet, Citizen Ruth, Jurassic Park, Wild : she has such a broad range, and though she’s well known, she’s fully capable of disappearing into a role…

    • March 19, 2016 at 5:53 am
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      Don´t forget Enlightened.

  • March 19, 2016 at 5:52 am
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    Leia injured!
    I wonder if she is a mole from the First Order…

    • March 19, 2016 at 3:11 pm
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      I don’t think she is a mole, but probably just someone who opposed the war with the First Order.

      • March 19, 2016 at 5:43 pm
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        You mean time before TFA, right? although we know little about that.

  • March 19, 2016 at 6:59 am
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    Well, this should effectively end any concerns over “originality”. Good stuff if even half of it is true.

  • March 19, 2016 at 8:26 am
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    I like this! Conflict in-between the same faction! Battles! I hope we see tons of those… My biggest complaint with The Firce Awakens was the absence of some battles except for starkiller base attack and Takodana (I still loved TFA)

    • March 19, 2016 at 9:19 am
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      we need space battles!

  • March 19, 2016 at 11:38 am
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    Happy Kylo Ren´s Day!!

    • March 19, 2016 at 12:22 pm
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      Thanks!!!

  • March 19, 2016 at 3:09 pm
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    If anything, after the destruction of the Hosnian system, the New Republic should have figured out that Leia and the Resistance were right about the threat posed by the First Order and support them rather than confront them.

    • March 19, 2016 at 7:03 pm
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      I’m sure most of New Republic’s politicians would blame Leia and the Resistance for the destruction of Hosnian Prime because she provoked the First Order to build the Starkiller Base with her semi-legal military activity or something among these lines. Only a small minority would find their lack of actions responsible for the events of TFA.

    • March 19, 2016 at 10:13 pm
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      But they already considered her a warmonger who was provoking the First Order. I believe there were also First Order sympathizers in the Republic that were pushing this idea. I’m guessing there are First Order agents working within the Republic to reinforce this and push the Republic to join the First Order or make moves that will ensure the death of the Republic remnant.

  • March 19, 2016 at 3:22 pm
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    I was thinking Dern was another officer in the Resistance that is taking over after Leia is sidelined, but the idea of a Republic officer is very interesting. They considered Leia a warmonger, so it makes sense for them to think the Resistance goaded the First Order into war. I wonder what Dern’s plans will be in the face of a First Order invasion.

  • March 19, 2016 at 3:56 pm
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    Hm hairy aliens maybe wookies. I think she will be a very minor character. I feel like Leia is gonna die in VIII. Luke may die in the final episode. Ending the big 3

    • March 19, 2016 at 10:13 pm
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      In this Saga nobody has grandparents? 🙁

    • March 25, 2016 at 2:47 am
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      Bothans maybe?

      • March 25, 2016 at 4:24 am
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        Many died to bring us this information

  • March 19, 2016 at 4:07 pm
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    I HOPE this trilogy follows the path of the OT …Heroes struggle and win a decisive victory …Heroes chased and lose everything they have fought for (darkest moment-second act) …then Heroes band together, overcome their darkest hours and ultimately redeem themselves and win the day. (along with the standard personal jorneys …wise old mentor dies, training to fight the dragon, father figures, etc…)
    For anyone that is going to say “this is too much like the OT, isn’t this EXACTLY what we wanted?! This is Shakespeare… this is opera …this is great leagend and EXACTLY why we loved the OT.
    I for one WANT the ” hero’s journey ”

    • March 19, 2016 at 8:23 pm
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      I agree to a point. IMO TFA could of easily swapped Starkiller base for a planet sized shipyard (or even part planet, part shipyard) that was building Star Destroyers rigged to remotely exit hyperspace into a star and set off a chain reaction. No trench run homage, but a race against time to stop fleeing destroyers.

  • March 19, 2016 at 4:40 pm
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    Let’s hope there’s also struggle within the First Order, specifically with the military and The Knights of Ren. Hux maybe would start taking actions of restricting Kylo’s activities in their war as result of his defeat in Starkiller base. This would set a great chain of events that would mark a very deep second civil war.

  • March 19, 2016 at 8:04 pm
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    Well despite my hopes that she would be a Mara Jade type character I figured this kind of role was more probabble. Either way I’m excited to see her on screen in a GFFA

  • March 19, 2016 at 8:56 pm
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    All these potential spoilers..keep em coming

    • March 20, 2016 at 8:18 am
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      Still not the worst decision that Axel Rose has ever made.

  • March 19, 2016 at 9:13 pm
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    Same guy that said Episode 7 villain was going to be Darth Ruin and Sidious was coming back. This guy has zero credibility.

    • March 19, 2016 at 10:18 pm
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      Imagine that finally Laura Dern is an officer of the First Order or a Bounty Hunter :))) or even Rey´s mom.

  • March 20, 2016 at 1:35 am
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    Maybe the Resistance fleet has fount a old Rebel Capital ship and when the FO attacks D’Qar they have to retreat and the New Republic Survivors(new faction) saves them but Leia is heavily hurt as Luke and Kylo Ren duel and Finn after Rey is shot in the stomach by Phasma attacks her and cuts off her lower body.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK!

    • March 20, 2016 at 11:10 am
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      …original.

      • March 20, 2016 at 10:38 pm
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        how is it not original!

        • March 23, 2016 at 10:59 am
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          I didn’t say it wasn’t.

          • March 23, 2016 at 11:57 am
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            oh sorry

  • March 20, 2016 at 2:00 am
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    I stopped reading at Latino Review. 90% bullshit.

  • March 20, 2016 at 3:04 am
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    Defo Lukes bird. Defo.

  • March 20, 2016 at 8:17 am
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    In the old EU The Empire was anti-alien but I don’t think it’s ever been really confirmed that they are in The First Order. I mean Snoke doesn’t look very human to me.

    • March 20, 2016 at 6:51 pm
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      I never really understood why the old EU went down that road, I mean in TESB they seem more opposed to using bounty hunters in general than the fact some are aliens.

      • March 20, 2016 at 7:26 pm
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        It’s meant to be an allegory to racism in our world. In the Star Wars universe, there appears to be a “humans first” movement that is tied to the Empire and now the First Order.

        In the grander scheme, it kind of makes sense: Humans appear to be the beings in the Star Wars universe who have been most exploited by non-human races who live longer on average (hundreds of years). In nature, most creatures who don’t live for long tend to breed the most — so this could also explain why there appear to be more humans than other intelligent beings in the Star Wars universe.

        It looks like the Empire rose from the Republic by exploiting human resentment toward other non-human beings. Snoke, while not a human, appears to be exploiting this resentment from behind the scenes.

        This is just my theory, but it’s one that has been touched upon in the EU.

      • March 21, 2016 at 8:52 am
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        But they also called them scum too and Thrawn was Palpatine’s dirty secret. It’s to drive home the Nazi parralel too since human racism no longer exists in the SW galaxy but alien prejudice does.

    • March 20, 2016 at 7:18 pm
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      Snoke could be exploiting humans for his own need. To beings like him in the Star Wars universe who live hundreds of years (presumably), humans may be regarded by many of them as essentially like trained dogs are to us.

      • March 21, 2016 at 8:51 am
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        We probably know less about him after seeing the film than before. Lol.

    • March 21, 2016 at 4:25 pm
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      I’d agree. I’m not sure he’s human. Let’s look back on history though. Historically speaking, one does not have to have the features that they say makes the perfect being. Look at Hitler. He had brown hair and blue eyes, yet he says that the blonde hair and blue eyes was the perfect German. From what we’ve seen of the first order so far, they seem to mirror Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

      Interesting when you think about it.

      • March 22, 2016 at 3:59 am
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        There you go! I just hope he’s a force user at the very least since it will look very bad if Kylo’s been taking orders from someone non-force sensitive unless he kills him at some point.

        • March 25, 2016 at 2:45 am
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          Well Snoke is helping Kylo “complete his training”, so he must know the Force. Right?

          • March 25, 2016 at 4:20 am
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            I hope so but in some of the worst EU books they’ve had ones who were non-force sensitives that bluffed their way through. Would be original for the films but would make Kylo look stupid to have never realized it.

          • March 25, 2016 at 6:12 am
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            I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a source say that he was strong in the dark side though. I wouldn’t worry about it.

          • March 25, 2016 at 7:53 am
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            It’s possible he’s never even met him too. That would kind of make sense considering Rey meets Luke for the first time in the next one and it might be the same with him oo,

  • March 20, 2016 at 10:05 pm
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    Is she play Evaan Verlaine from Star Wars: Princess Leia comic book?

  • March 21, 2016 at 6:24 pm
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    I edit what I originally wrote! Misread VIII for Rogue One somehow…

    Still feeling effects of hibernation sickness I guess…

  • March 25, 2016 at 2:44 am
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    This sounds weird. I like it.

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