Prior to the release of The Last Jedi, Laura Dern's Admiral Holdo was shrouded in relative secrecy, leaving audiences to determine where she attached her allegiances. With the film now in theaters, we got to learn much more about the character, who was the focal point of one of the film's most jaw-dropping scenes. Collider recently spoke to the film's editor, Bob Ducsay, about how the incredible sequence came together and how he always knew it would resonate with audiences.
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With the First Order hot on the Resistance's tail and Leia recuperating from her injuries, Holdo orders that the ship
“It’s really incredible, right? I mean, we thought it was going to be big, but you could just feel the crowd," Ducsay shared. "It’s amazing. It’s absolutely amazing, and it’s funny about that sequence because it’s sort of complicated editorially, because you’re cutting between Kylo and Rey, and Finn and Rose, and Holdo, and Hux. So it’s a lot of balls in the air, and things got moved around a lot in there to make it accelerate the way that it does. It used to be a little bit longer, which it didn’t really support, but it was complicated. It was fun to get there.”
The finished sequence is one of the film's most memorable, but it underwent an evolution to get to what we see in the film.
“The thing to me that’s the most interesting is that the way that the actual impact works
In addition to the visual effects making the sequence powerful, the deafening silence allowed audience members to hear one another gasp.
“The other thing too, the way the sound works is just fantastic
The Last Jedi is in theaters now.