The Last Jedi: Laura Dern Reveals a New Photo of Holdo and Talks About Carrie Fisher

Acclaimed actress and new addition to the Star Wars galaxy Laura Dern appeared on Ellen to discuss The Last Jedi, working with Carrie Fisher, and lightly dish on her new character Admiral Amilyn Holdo.



The two-time Academy Award nominated actress appeared on Ellen, and in the clip she briefly talks about her new “secretive” character in The Last Jedi, which we know to be an Admiral in The Resistance, Amilyn Holdo, and brought a new photo with her!


At the end of the clip, Dern talks about working with the late great Carrie Fisher, who paved the way for women in Star Wars forty years ago in the original film. It goes without saying that without Leia, and especially Carrie’s knockout performances, characters like Holdo may never have materialized, so it is nice to see Carrie getting her recognition.



Here is the full clip with Ellen here:







Fans who are into the novels will recall Holdo appearing in Claudia Gray’s new book Leia: Princess of Alderaan, where we discover Leia and Holdo have known each other for decades.



Leia and Holdo met at a school for future leaders (for lack of a better phrase), and became fast friends. As Leia uncovers the secret organization on Crate, Holdo is behind her all the way, especially after they come to realize it is the rebellion led by Leia’s parents. She is a “tried and true” friend. Considering the Resistance is heading back to Crate in The Last Jedi, this adds levels of depth into the relationship between the two in the movie, bringing forth a lot of history, from a personal and location perspective.





In the background we see a BB unit of some kind. This brings us back to Force Friday in early September, when we discovered new BB-units via new toy lines for The Last Jedi. You can revisit that piece here. Also, we shared with you an update via the databank, sharing a closer look at the new BB-units here! Through the merchandise leaks and releases we came to find out that this flat top little droid’s name is 2BB-2. Let’s be honest, there can never be enough droids in Star Wars!







Some of our readers sent some observations our way, including who the actress on the right side of the shot may be:



Is that Emun Elliott’s Brance directly in the back? (who was a cameo role in The Force Awakens)




One of our readers even joked that the character on the bottom left looks like a young version of “The Maker” himself!



Last but not least, how can we forget Vober Dand! It’s good to see him back in the mix in The Last Jedi too! (Thanks @LethalShadow01!)




I don’t know, but the more I look at this photo the more I see some of the similarities our readers have pointed out. What do you think? Do you see anyone/anything else we haven’t spotted?


More importantly what do you think of Admiral Amilyn Holdo? We are super excited to see what Laura Dern brings to the Star Wars saga with Holdo in The Last Jedi, and lucky for us, we are only 56 days away from meeting her on screen!


SOURCE: Ellen via Reddit



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John Hoey is the Lead Editor and Senior Writer for Star Wars News Net and the host of The Resistance Broadcast podcast"For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is."

30 thoughts on “The Last Jedi: Laura Dern Reveals a New Photo of Holdo and Talks About Carrie Fisher

  • October 18, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I think Holdo is an admiral in the New Republic.

  • October 18, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I think Holdo is an admiral in the New Republic.

  • October 18, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I’d like to know why an admiral dresses like she’s off to see a performance at the Coruscant Opera House.

    • October 18, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      I’d also like to know why are there lightsabers, because it’s clear that they don’t exist in real world.

      • October 18, 2017 at 11:40 pm

        Because they look cool and fanboys drool whenever characters swing them at each other. My comment was in the context of the pre-established Star Wars universe. It wasn’t questioning the lack of real world logic in the Star Wars mythology.

        • October 19, 2017 at 12:20 am

          Yeah I pretty much have to agree. I’ve never really cared for her look – especially since she’s supposed to be a high ranking military leader. The formal ballgown is bad enough, but the punk-chic purple hairdo just takes it over the top…

    • October 19, 2017 at 12:45 am

      I like it. It is something new and original, FINALLY!!!

    • October 19, 2017 at 12:52 am

      You’re asking the important questions, sir.

        • October 19, 2017 at 10:10 pm

          “Fill ‘er up, Princess. Don’t forget to check the oil and wipe the windows. And make it snappy will ya – I’m on my way to make the Kessel Run….”

  • October 18, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    She looks strong enough to pull the ears off a T-Rex.

  • October 19, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Dyed purple hair is *so* not Star Wars. Maybe Prequel Star Wars, but that’s not proper Star Wars.

    • October 19, 2017 at 1:18 am

      Prequels are proper Star Wars. And this is called expanding SW lore with something new and original. We had enough copies of the original trilogy.

      • October 19, 2017 at 8:59 pm

        I absolutely love how prequelites have this concept of “original”. As Maude St. Nubbins pointed out, up there, weird hairdos are nothing new, nor prequel-related, in SW. And I’m sure I saw Mon Mothma wearing something similar.. not sure where, thou– oh, wait, yes, I know! It was in RotJ.

    • October 19, 2017 at 5:23 am

      Because Hunger Games was the first and only movie in history to have purple hair females

      • October 20, 2017 at 9:47 pm

        That’s Special Edition Star Wars, which is also Not Star Wars.

  • October 19, 2017 at 1:42 am

    so she is kinda the new mon mothma? but with violet hair

  • October 19, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Well, looks like we have another new droid to talk about; wonder who’s the owner of 2BB-2? ^_^

  • October 19, 2017 at 2:56 am

    I don’t mean to be THAT bantha, but…..she is a VICE ADMIRAL, not an admiral. (Admiral Ackbar told me to write this comment.)

  • October 19, 2017 at 3:39 am

    wait, that weirdo girl that leia was hanging out with was is this character? i’m even more intrigued to see what laura dern does in this.

  • October 19, 2017 at 4:13 am

    Hope she doesn’t meet anyone named Tammy.

    • October 19, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      Also, what’s up with Laura Dern and weird hairdos (whairdos?), this year?

  • October 19, 2017 at 6:42 am

    She’s always gonna Ellie from Jurassic park to me lol and she’s also on the Netflix series f is for family with bill burr as the wife and she’s hilarious. Don’t know any of those background people but that be unit is cool.

  • October 19, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I still wish Holdo was Sabine and Benicio Del Toro was Ezra.

    • October 19, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      That’s a weird thing to wish since you don’t know where those characters end up.

      • October 19, 2017 at 5:14 pm

        Which….is….why……I was hoping they were those characters. I know, I should have wished for a cure for cancer or world peace, but my wish was for those two characters to be the older versions of the Rebels characters.

        • October 19, 2017 at 8:14 pm

          Eh. They might be so small and insignificant, you might be wishing a disservice on them.

          So, yeah: weird.

  • October 19, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Young George Lucas spotted in “The Last Jedi”……time-traveling subplot confirmed!

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