November 20, 2017

Between Twin PeaksBig Little Lies, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, few people are having as big a 2017 as Laura Dern. But despite the veteran actor’s rising stock, both she and her mauve-haired character, Admiral Amilyn Holdo, have been largely under wraps in the Star Wars promotional campaign. A new spread in Entertainment Weekly pulls back the curtain on yet another off-kilter Dern character—though it still does not answer whether she belongs firmly to the dark side, or the light.

When Vanity Fair went behind the scenes of The Last Jedi earlier this year, the most intel we could gather on Dern’s character was her name and this stunning character portrait from Annie Leibovitz.

But splashed across one of four new Star Wars covers from Entertainment Weekly is this caption: “Can Poe get along with his new boss?”
That boss to Oscar Isaac’s Resistance pilot Poe Dameron is, of course, Holdo. If she’s a member of the Resistance, she has to be a good guy, right? Well, maybe. In the article accompanying the cover, we discover that while Carrie Fisher’s General Leia technically won the battle in The Force Awakens, her side is still licking its wounds from the villainous First Order’s attacks. (Remember how the Starkiller Base blew up Hosnian Prime—the home of the Galactic Senate? Imagine trying to fight an evil empire with your system of government incinerated.) So it would seem that Leia, Poe, and their team—victorious but in a weaker position—have left themselves vulnerable to some micromanagement from above. That’s where Dern’s Holdo comes in.

Read the full article in our press archive.

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