The Rise of Skywalker: 5 characters who need a Disney+ show

Zorii (Keri Russell) in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. /
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Naomi Ackie is Jannah in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. /

3. Jannah

One thing the most recent Star Wars films have brought us is diversity in casting, especially with women of color. From Rose Tico in The Last Jedi, to Val in Solo, and now Jannah in The Rise of Skywalker. All three are, to be eloquent, awesome.

Jannah, or “TZ-1719” as she was known to the First Order, is part of a company of stormtroopers who rebelled against orders to kill innocent civilians. They settled on the moon of Kef Bir in the Endor system, adopting a simple nomadic lifestyle. That means Jannah gets to wear leather and shoot a bow.

After helping Finn destroy the bridge of the First Order flagship, the options ahead of Jannah are immense. The path ahead seems likely to include Lando Calrissian, given his invitation to help her find out where she is from. Some comments in The Rise of Skywalker: Visual Dictionary lead us to believe that Jannah is Lando’s long-lost daughter.

Bill Dee Williams lights up the screen, and having him cameo or play a central part in a Disney+ show centered on Jannah would be fun. Would John Boyega be interested in an appearance or two? What if Jannah and her tribe served as a Resistance / New Republic strike team?

Disney, Star Wars and the entertainment industry in general would benefit from getting women of color on the screen more often, specifically on center stage. The backstory and possibilities for a character such as Jannah are numerous enough to set the table for a compelling Disney+ show.