The latest "Star War" trilogy might be drawing to a close, but newcomers Keri Russell and Naomi Ackie are hoping they'll become part of the ensemble of memorable characters introduced throughout the nine film Skywalker saga.
Russell is well-established, while Ackie is an actress on the rise. Both learned quickly about carrying the weight of heightened expectations as the new co-stars in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker."
It certainly didn't take Ackie long to find out. The stakes were laid out in her first meeting with director J.J. Abrams after when she was selected to play a noble warrior named Jannah.
"J.J. said 'I'm not trying to scare you, but there's going to be a lot of young black girls who are going to be really inspired by this character,'" the British actress recalled. "That kind of hit me in the chest. It made me say to myself 'Oh my gosh.' But that helped get ready for this moment."
"Rise of Skywalker," which More