One of the new characters we will be introduced to in The Rise of Skywalker is Zorri Bliss, played by Keri Russell.
Her character is a scoundrel wearing a mask and purple clothing, and we know that she appears at least on Kijimi. At D23, however, we got a bit more information about her: namely, that she’s an old friend (an ex?) of Poe Dameron.
At the panel featuring TROS, Russell said of Zorri: “She’s really funny and a little bit shady… kind of a criminal, and an old friend of Poe’s.” Upon hearing this, John Boyega acted like he was upset at Oscar Isaac (due to this being a possible threat to the FinnPoe crowd), and Isaac responded, “Baby, we were young. Everybody was experimenting. She’s not a threat.”
In an interview with Variety, Russell said:
“Well I think what we can elaborate is just that she has a little bit of a checkered past, and maybe some questionable morals. But really, she’s an old friend of Poe’s, and I think the entrance of Zorri is there to sort of describe more of who he was. And, you know, in a very familiar way and intimate way, and the friends are sort of like, ‘what do you mean you know him?'”
“Yeah. It’s complicated. But also I think what’s amazing with Zorri too is you get to kind of also hear a bit of what it is like to not be someone who is necessarily right in the fight, on the First Order or the Resistance, but living in the universe. You know, these are the people that all this stuff is affecting.”
So the big takeaway here is that Zorri Bliss has a history with Poe Dameron. She is an old friend of his, and it was implied by the actors (albeit in a joking way) that the history may have involved some long-dead romance.
There are a couple of things that I think we can speculate on as a result of this information. Firstly, I think that it’s probably Poe’s history with Zorri that brings the heroes into contact with her. Whether that’s intentional or not, I think that it will be her history with Poe that leads to their interactions. Secondly, we will learn more about Poe’s backstory in this film and who he is. I don’t think we’ll get any massive reveals or anything like that, but this should still help us better understand the ace pilot. And thirdly, I think this is just the latest indication that Zorri will actually be aiding our heroes in this film. She won’t be an antagonist or a neutral character; I think she’ll be helping the good guys.
It will definitely be interesting to see what Zorri’s role is in The Rise of Skywalker, especially since her presumed ship looks pretty familiar and since she has a history with Poe Dameron. The good news is that we’ll find out in just a few months!