Jaiyna Sibinth was a human female xenolinguist. She regularly attended the Aki-Aki Festival of the Ancestors on Pasaana, studying the Aki-Aki's ancient language. Sibinth noted recurring themes found in cultures native to other desert worlds, including Cona, Klatooine, Sriluur, and Tatooine.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

Jaiyna Sibinth first appeared in the 2019 Star Wars film Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker.[2] She was first identified in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary, a reference book for the film written by Pablo Hidalgo. Although Sibinth's first name is spelled Jaiyna in the main text, the book's index spelled her name as "Jaina."[1] When questioned on the proper spelling of the character's name, Lucasfilm Story Group member Matt Martin recommended to give precedence to the name used in the character's entry in the book over the index and noted the spelling distinguished Sibinth from the Star Wars Legends character Jaina Solo.[3]

Sibinth was played by Raiyah bint Hussein,[4] a Princess of the royal family of Jordan,[5] where the Pasaana scenes were filmed in the country's Wadi Rum desert.[6] Like her character, Raiyah bint Hussein is an academic and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles as of November 2019.[5] The character's name is based on the princess' name.



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
  2. Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  3. TwitterLogo.svg Matt Martin (@missingwords) on Twitter: "I'd go with the actual entry rather than the index. It also gets away from Jaina Solo." (backup link)
  4. TwitterLogo.svg Ned Donovan (@Ned_Donovan) on Twitter: "Not content with being an academic on Planet Earth, my fiancée Raiyah has recently found time to also become one in the Star Wars universe. Keep your eyes peeled for Jaiyna Sibinth in the new film, partly shot in the absolutely stunning Wadi Rum desert in Jordan." (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Statement from the Royal Hashemite Court (English) (2019-11-05). petra.gov.jo. Jordan News Agency. Archived from the original on December 25, 2019. "The Royal Hashemite Court is pleased to announce the engagement of Her Royal Highness Princess Raiyah bint Al Hussein to Mr Faris Ned Donovan."
  6. Grossman, Lev: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, The Ultimate Preview (2019-05-22). Vanity Fair. vanityfair.com. Archived from the original on December 23, 2019.