Ever since the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens there has been tons of speculation for what’s to come in the next film. From Rey’s parentage to why C-3PO had a red arm; there has been a lot to talk about. Today Latino-Review added to the rumor mill, supposedly revealing Laura Dern’s character.
MILD SPOILERS AHEAD
According to their report, Dern will be playing a senior officer within the Resistance, who is called to action when General Leia is injured at some point during the story. It’s unclear what her exact rank would be, but would rank above Major Caluan Ematt (seen in The Force Awakens) and operate as a second-in-command to Leia. Where she was during the events of The Force Awakens remains to be seen.
It seems Dern’s affiliation with Leia would put her on the same side as our heroes, but the report indicates that it isn’t always a friendly relationship. Her character has a strained relationship with Poe Dameron and later in the film, Poe and a few Resistance fighters take control of her ship by force.
While this doesn’t rule out the possibility that Dern’s character could also be Rey’s mother (or Luke’s former lover), it does however seem very unlikely. For more Star Wars news, stay tuned.
Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters December 15th, 2017.