John Boyega, the Black storm trooper who debuted in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has confirmed to Dark Side of the Force that Kelly Marie Tran will become the first Asian to play a major Star Wars character.
Tran will debut in Star Wars, Episode VIII. Very little about her role has been revealed.
The relatively unknown actress co-starred in a few shorts including The Rising Cost of Cosmetics, (2011) and Untouchable (2011)
Readers of AsAmNews may best remember her in the College Humor Short, Are You Asian Enough?
“I love her. I love her,” said Boyega. “I think she’s fantastic. It’s a friendship thing in the sense of you meet someone and you’re just like, “I vibe with you. I feel like I’ve known you for years.” And that’s a very, very good thing.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, Tran is a graduate of UCLA, got her start in local theater and trained with several improv groups including Second City.
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