Naomi Ackie, who plays the mysterious Jannah in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, recently talked about her role to Total Film, and parts of the interview were picked up by GamesRadar.
According to Ackie, Jannah will play a key role during the film’s conclusion. What role that is we do not know, that is unless you’ve read some of the Jedi Paxis leaks on Reddit (search them I dare you). Considering leaks are just that, I will refrain from poisoning your mind with them, because I did and can’t go back to a clean TROS slate in my brain, which really sucks at this point, and will surely ruin some of the surprises in the film, such as who Jannah may really be. Again, I’ll leave that alone for now and just focus on what Ackie said.
Naomi describes her character below:
“Jannah is a warrior, and she comes into contact with the rest of the group at a point where they need some help. 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.”Naomi Ackie – Total FILM
Again, it sounds like Jannah won’t come into play until the end of the second act of the film, or early on in the final act, so she definitely will show up during an impactful time in the film’s plot. Who knows what skills she’s talking about, but I’m thinking they have to do with tracking, and hunting, or why else would she get a bitching-ass bow and arrow!
Ackie also opened up about another skill of her character’s, which is Jannah’s ability to ride an Orback (think alien horsey).
“I was training for seven months, three times a week, at an amazing horse ranch called The Devil’s Horsemen. 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!”Naomi Ackie – Total FILM
You know we will get to see some Orback action, so I hope we see Jannah take out a some Jet Troopers, or a Sith Trooper from the back of her steed!
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20, 2019.