Asian American to be Featured in Star Wars VIII

8A-2016-03-KellyMarieTranAs Star Wars VIII has begun production, an interesting part of that announcement is circled in red – an Asian American will be part of the main cast!  Kelly Marie Tran joins Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern as a featured actor.  While Tran is listed as a newcomer, she has extensive training in well known improv groups such as Second City and a number of other roles.  You can find a more detailed look at her work here and at her IMDB page.

Her role is not mentioned in the release, but I hope we see actually see her and not just through motion capture like Lupita Nyong’o.  As Angry Asian Man points out, there are a number of Asian Americans in minor roles in “The Force Awakens,” but a prominent role will be new.  One wonders if the addition of a Hispanic and an Asian American to the cast will prompt another boycott Star Wars as “anti-White” movement.


Star Wars Episode VIII will be released December 15, 2017.

Photo by Joanna Degeneres, IMDB

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