Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will introduce several new characters to the 42-year-old franchise. Among them is Naomi Ackie's Jannah, whom the actor has now shed some more light on.
"Jannah is a warrior, and she comes into contact with the rest of the group at a point where they need some help," Ackie told Total Film. "She is part of the Resistance, and she’s spent a long time acquiring skills that might be helpful when it comes to the big conclusion of the film. So she shows up at the right time."
At D23 Expo in August, Ackie described Jannah as a "fierce, strong, powerful woman" who wields a bow and arrow and rides an orbak, which is a horse-like animal. "I was training for seven months, three times a week, at an amazing horse ranch called The Devil’s Horsemen," she said. "By the end of it, I could canter without any hands. I could play catch with balls while on a horse… It’s the best part of the job – you get paid to learn!"
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives Dec. 20.