Monday, November 20, 2017

Laura Dern and Oscar Isaac Discuss Admiral Holdo and Poe Dameron's Relationship in 'The Last Jedi'

By: Dominic Jones

When Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters next month, one of the new characters we'll be seeing on screen for the first time is Laura Dern's Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo.  Holdo will step in to help the Resistance in its hour of need, but her leadership style will clash with that of Oscar Isaac's X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron.  The two actors discussed their characters relationship in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican.  The interview was a released as part of EW's online coverage of The Last Jedi, which coincides with a cover story about the film in this week's issue.

Dern described Holdo's role in the film to EW, saying,

"She enters the Resistance to shake things up" 

This will lead to some tension with Poe, Isaac explains while commenting on the fact that Holdo and Poe appear together on one of EW's variant covers for this week's issue of the magazine (see above), saying,

"It’s definitely appropriate that they’ve paired us because a lot of the friction and conflict comes between Poe and that relationship with Admiral Holdo, who is this person that’s been — at least temporarily — put in charge of the Resistance."

The tension between Poe and Holdo comes from their differing opinions on how to best approach the conflict with the First Order.  Isaac explains,

"Poe is grappling with how to become a leader and not just a hero pilot, which means keeping those emotions in check, to keep his fervor in check and think things through a bit more (...) Even if something seems like it’s not the most heroic thing to do in the moment, thinking about the bigger picture is sometimes more important. That’s something he’s trying to wrap his mind around, but at the same time, with the Resistance being in such a precarious situation, he wants to do the right thing, and doesn’t want to just wait and let things happen. He doesn’t necessarily agree with the way Holdo sees the role of the Resistance in this particular moment."

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15th.  The film is written and directed by Rian Johnson and stars Daisy Ridley as Rey, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Amilyn Holdo, Benicio Del Toro as DJ, and Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata.

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