Rose Tico Disney+ Series: How John M. Chu Could Make His Kelly Marie Tran Show

After Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker came out, some fans started tweeting #RoseTicoDeservedBetter. Some fans were disappointed by Kelly Marie Tran’s diminished role in the sequel to The Last Jedi. Hollywood director John M. Chu stepped up to ask Disney+ to let him make a Rose Tico streaming series. On Jan. 19, Showbiz Cheat Sheet had an opportunity to follow up with Chu.

Rose Tico actor Kelly Marie Tran
Kelly Marie Tran | Samir Hussein/WireImage

Chu was on a Television Critics Association for the Apple TV+ series Home Before Dark. Chu executive produces the series and directed the first two episodes which premiere April 3. After the panel, Chu spoke further with reporters and Showbiz Cheat Sheet brought up his holiday tweet about Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran).

John M. Chu responded to this criticism of Rose Tico in ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

After being a main character on the mission with Finn (John Boyega) in The Last Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker relegated Rose Tico to the planetside base with minimal dialogue and not even two minutes of screen time. Screenwriter Chris Terrio tried to explain Rose Tico’s role in the sequel in interviews. 

Kelly Marie Tran in The Rise of Skywalker
Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) | Lucasfilm/Disney

First, he said they intended to give Rose Tico an important part by placing her with General Leia (Carrie Fisher), but because they were using outtakes of Fisher from The Force Awakens, they were limited in the scenes they could give Rose Tico.

Terrio backtracked a comment that the Industrial Light and Magic visual effects weren’t up to standard to place Rose Tico in scenes with Leia. He later clarified that ILM could do it, but they eliminated scenes before filming. 

John M. Chu’s Rose Tico Disney+ pitch

Maybe Terrio and writer/director J.J. Abrams struggled to find stuff for Rose Tico to do. John M. Chu has more ideas. On December 26, Chu tweeted, “Okay @disneyplus. Put me in coach. Let’s make this series happen. #RoseTicoDeservedBetter @starwars.”

That’s more than just Rose Tico fan fiction. Chu is an A-list Hollywood director with hits like Crazy Rich Asians, Step Up 2 the Streets, Step Up 3D and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never to his credit. If he wants to pitch Disney+ in a public forum, they should take him seriously. Weeks after his tweet, Chu says he hasn’t heard anything in response from the streamer.

“No,” Chu said. “It was just a comment that we just threw out there so we’ll see. You never know. I have a deal with Fox and Disney so we’ll see where it goes.”

Filmmakers need to ‘step up’ for important characters

It only takes someone in power to step up, if you will, to give characters who are important to fans better stories. That’s how Chu is hoping to use his platform… for a Rose Tico streaming series.

John M. Chu
John M. Chu | John Shearer/Getty Images for People Magazine

“Exactly and that’s sort of the place we’re at now,” Chu said. “Us as creators and storytellers, it’s our responsibility to speak up and get things out there. We’re very privileged to have the microphone to be able to have the ability to actually do something about it. One step at a time as we figure that one specifically out.”