Jennifer Heddle, Executive Editor for Disney Publishing’s Star Wars books, confirms Rae Carson’s upcoming novelization includes a plot thread largely deleted from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker revealing Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) as the father of Jannah (Naomi Ackie).
In Rise of Skywalker, ex-First Order Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) encounters Jannah and her band of rebel fighters. Jannah tells Finn she was taken as a child and conscripted into the oppressive regime, but defected when the First Order commanded her troop to fire on innocent civilians.
On Ajan Kloss, site of the Resistance base, Lando and Jannah are seen connecting following the Resistance’s defeat of the First Order and, during the celebrations, Lando asks Jannah where she’s from. When she tells him she doesn’t know, he replies with a smile, “Well, let’s find out.” Plot details that leaked online months earlier revealed Lando had a child abducted by the First Order some time after the events of Return of the Jedi, a backstory confirmed only in the Visual Dictionary:
“When peace reigned, [Lando] attempted to start a family, but tragedy struck and his infant daughter vanished,” reads a selection from Lando’s page. “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.”’