The 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' book hints Lando Calrissian may have a direct connection to a new character in the movie
Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." Lando Calrissian (played by Billy Dee Williams) returns in "Episode IX" in a brief cameo. A companion visual dictionary for the movie tells us more about his life since "Return of the Jedi." Apparently, Calrissian had a daughter who went missing as an infant. The book suggests new character Jannah may be his long-lost child. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" had a big reveal about Lando Calrissian to share, but you wouldn't know that from watching the movie. You need to pick up one of the film's companion books, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - The Visual Dictionary" in order to discover it. According to the book, as first spotted by Entertainment Weekly, Calrissian had a daughter who went missing years ago. It's the next line in the text that suggests she may be none other than a new character introduced in "Episode IX." The girl was kidnapped by the First Order as an infant. Insider picked up a copy of the visual dictionary. Here's what it says: "... Calrissian struck a major blow by leading the attack on the second Death Star. Like many of the generation who waged that conflict, Calrissian did not then go easily into a quiet retirement. When peace reigned, he attempted to start a family, but tragedy struck and his infant daughter vanished. It was only later that it became clear who the culprits behind the abduction were: the First Order, building their fighting forces but also specifically striking at the old Alliance leadership." Based off of that, are we supposed to infer that Jannah (Naomi Ackie) is supposed to be Lando's daughter? Jannah tells Finn earlier in the film that she was a First Order stormtrooper who defected along with a bunch of others. There's no indication on Jannah's page in the book that she may be related to Lando one way or the other.
At the end of "The Rise of Skywalker," Lando and Jannah share a brief scene where Calrissian asks the young girl who she is. She explains she's not sure and suggests they go on an adventure to find out. This scene was initially a bit confusing without the larger context. Now, knowing that Calrissian conveniently has a missing daughter, it looks like the film was trying to set up a long-lost father/daughter connection. Cue up the next potential Disney Plus series or spin-off "Star Wars" movie. The revelation about Lando's missing daughter is one of several frustrating reveals that viewers would need to seek out from the visual dictionary or comic books in order to get more color around the film. Another big reveal in the book that isn't mentioned in the movie? Kylo Ren is on the lava planet of Mustafar at the film's beginning, searching for one of two Sith wayfinders.
Mustafar is the location from "Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith" that housed Darth Vader's fortress. Naturally, Kylo Ren, who had such a connection to his grandfather, would seek out a wayfinder on his home turf. If you played a virtual reality game released earlier this year called "Vader Immortal," this also may have been more clear. A few other things you learn while reading the visual dictionary: - The new droid D-O has been abandoned for a decade on the ship he's found on and was the property of someone Ochi of Bestoon killed. Does that mean he belonged to Rey's parents? Maybe! - Poe Dameron left his droid BB-8 with Rey because he sensed she was slowly isolating herself from the group. He was concerned for her.
- Boolio (voiced by Mark Hamill) didn't know that General Hux was the First Order spy. According to the book, someone from the First Order left a datafile on his office datapad. All he could tell was that it was most likely from a high-ranking officer. When he couldn't decrypt it, he reached out to the Resistance.
- In case there was any confusion, Leia is holding onto Han Solo's medal from "A New Hope" that's then passed onto Chewie at the film's end.
- The leader of the Knights of Ren wasn't Kylo Ren. It was a guy who was once named Ren. Kylo Ren simply inherited the mystery group. In addition, Marvel just launched a comic series for the Knights of Ren to explain more about them since we never really learn much about them throughout this entire new trilogy. Fans aren't going out to see a "Star Wars" movie with the expectation that they're going to have to seek out more information that isn't explained in the film through a series of extraneous materials. It's a cash grab that waters down the brand. There's probably more we have yet to learn about "The Rise of Skywalker" and that we won't learn until the spring. Insider learned earlier in December from publisher Abrams that the film's art book was pushed back until March. The same goes for the film's tie-in novelization. Hopefully, both reveal more about Rey's mysterious parents or her new lightsaber.
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