The filming for Star Wars: Episode VIII has begun, and along with Disney’s official announcement, we’ve been introduced to a few of the new cast members. While we knew that Benicio Del Toro was going to join the team for some time, the other two names were completely new to us. Kelly Marie Tran is a relative newcomer but the addition of two-time Academy Award nominee Laura Dern was a real surprise.

Certainly you don’t add Laura Dern to your cast, and make a big announcement about it, unless you’re planning to use her in a major capacity. So what does Episode VIII have in store for the Jurassic Park star? We have a few ideas as to who she might be playing in the new movie. Here are our best early guesses.

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Mara Jade
While it’s been made clear by Disney that the Star Wars Expanded Universe is not canon, we also know that the writers of the new trilogy may very well be taking inspiration from it to create their new characters. Kylo Ren and Jace Solo have a lot in common. One of the most popular characters in all of the extended Star Wars canon is Mara Jade. She was a Dark Side Jedi Assassin who was sent to kill Luke Skywalker, but was eventually turned by him. The two fell in love and got married. Laura Dern is about the right age to play a current or former love interest of Luke Skywalker. We’d guess the character probably won’t be called Mara Jade, but the two might have a lot in common.

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