First Look at STAR WARS: EPISODE IX's New Characters (and Lando!)

Apr 12 2019 -- 10:15 AM

Star Wars Celebration is in full swing and the panel that everyone has been waiting for is finally here.

During the Star Wars: Episode IX panel, fans were introduced to a brand new character called Jannah, who'll be played by Naomi Ackie. A powerhouse actress who gained rave reviews for her brilliant turn in Lady Macbeth (which is a movie that is definitely not based on the Shakespeare play), she seems to be a key part of the newest film, and she looks hella cool. She also may or may not be Lando Calrissian's daughter.

We also got our first look at Lando himself, still rocking a his very cool yellow and blue cape and shirt combo, and fans were incredibly happy to see the Original Trilogy star return to the hallowed halls of the Millennium Falcon. He was effusive about the experience of creating Episode IX, calling it a "highlight" of his expansive career.

It was exciting to see the new and old generations cross over as a classic character returned and a brand new one was introduced. It's also another vital moment in Lucasfilm's efforts to diversify the world of Star Wars, as it seems like Jannah will be a main cast member, making her the first black woman lead in a live action film in the franchise.

There was also a very cute new droid addition:

We're updating this piece live as the panel continues so keep your eyes peeled for updates from the galaxy far, far away.

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