September 22, 2023
Star Wars | Naomi Ackie Discusses Her The Rise of Skywalker Character

The saga newcomer discusses Jannah’s role in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

With the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker fast approaching, series newcomer Naomi Ackie has been opening up about her character and her role in the finale of the Skywalker saga. Whilst talking to Total Film, Ackie said:

Star Wars | Naomi Ackie Discusses Her The Rise of Skywalker Character

“Jannah is a warrior, and she comes into contact with the rest of the group at a point where they need some help,” Ackie says. “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.”

One of those skills is riding an “orbak” – a new horse-like creature seen in the trailers for The Rise of Skywalker. “I was training for seven months, three times a week, at an amazing horse ranch called The Devil’s Horsemen,” she says of learning how to ride a horse. “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!”

Star Wars | Naomi Ackie Discusses Her The Rise of Skywalker Character

Ackie’s Jannah is a human female from Kef Bir. She is a fierce and principled freedom fighter who, by the time of the First Order–Resistance war, leads a tribe of brave and noble warriors on an ocean moon. She becomes an ally of the Resistance. She uses an energy bow, and her skills with the weapon are second to none.

Ackie spoke at length with Total Film magazine in the new issue, which reaches store shelves on October 18th.


Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is unleashed from December 20th.


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