Naomi Ackie reflects on her journey to success, from Walthamstow to to a galaxy far, far away and discusses getting the part of Jannah and spin-offs.
On getting the Star Wars part
“Getting the Star Wars role was really surreal,” Naomi admits. “I loved playing Jannah because she’s strong and brave. She’s one of the first black female leads to enter the Star Wars universe in 41 years and I felt the importance of that. For me, it was about everything from having natural, textured hair to not being shy of talking about what more the industry needs to do.”
On Star Wars spin-offs
“Jannah was a completely new character and I like the idea that the Star Wars universe is expanding,” Naomi says. “I think Jannah could get a spin-off. She has a really rich backstory that JJ [Abrams] told me about, and a future that we still don’t know about.” Is she Lando’s long-lost daughter? [She makes a ‘my lips are sealed’ gesture] “That’s my answer.”