Felicity Jones has revealed some more details about her character of Jyn Erso in the upcoming “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” spin-off film. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly as part of the trade magazine’s Fall 2016 preview edition, the actress said of her role:
“She is absolutely a very unlikely heroine. She’s someone on the edges and fringes of society. Physically, she’s smaller than everyone else around her, but… when someone has something they believe in, that’s what powers them, that’s what motivates them, that’s what can give someone enormous strength.”
Director Gareth Edwards said the reason he chose Jones is because she wasn’t just another tough girl or someone who could look good in a fight:
“[She wasn’t] so kick-ass and shields-up that the audience couldn’t empathize with her. There were a lot of people who could learn how to fight and beat people up and do the physical side of it. For me, the most interesting thing is when there’s a crack in the armor, when you can glimpse the vulnerability in someone.
You can just hang the camera on Felicity and not say a word, and you can feel her having a million different thoughts. You get interested in what she’s thinking and what’s going on. She can be very observant within a scene. It doesn’t always have to be about her directly, but we’re experiencing it through her. She just has that knack for pulling you in.”
In the film, Jyn’s hero is Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) – a woman whom Jyn looks up to. Jones says: “So even as the film opens [Jyn] has a very strong female role model in front of her, and someone she respects.” The second trailer for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was released yesterday and has drawn an interestingly more diverse reaction than other ‘Wars’ trailers have of late – praise being thrown heavily at the visuals, but others have criticised it for the story and character familiarity.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is set for release on December 16th.