The cast of Star Wars 9 has officially been announced by Disney and Lucasfilm as filming is set to kick off next week. In addition to plenty of familiar faces, both from the original trilogy and the last couple of adventures in a galaxy far, far away, some new cast members have officially boarded what is being billed as the final chapter in the Skywalker saga by the studio. Those new additions include Richard E. Grant and Naomi Ackie.
Of the two new additions, Naomi Ackie is certainly the lesser-known, but she’s not a total newbie. She starred in 2016’s Lady Macbeth and was part of the cast for the TV miniseries The Five. She also starred on an episode of Doctor Who. That’s something she and Richard E. Grant have in common, as he’s also appeared on the long-running sci-fi series.
Naomi Ackie adds some diversity to the Star Wars 9 cast as an African American actress. Plenty of fans have pointed out that there has been no shortage of white, brunette, British actresses in these movies during the Disney Era.
Doctor Who fans know her as Rigsy’s partner Jen from Face the Raven! :D