Felicity Jones Talks Playing Jyn Erso

Star Wars isn’t just for boys anymore. Last Christmas, The Force Awakens introduced us to one of the greatest female heroines in history in the form of Daisy Ridley as Rey, who begins as an orphaned scavenger trying to get by on the junkyard of a planet known as Jakku as she embarks on her heroes journey which resulted in the discovery of the self-exiled hero of the galaxy, Luke Skywalker.

Continuing that trend this holiday, Lucasfilm will introduce us to another heroic female lead with Felicity Jones as the rebel soldier Jyn Erso who will lead the rebellion on their mission to steal the plans to the first Death Star which allowed Luke to destroy the superweapon in the original classic A New Hope.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, the oscar nominated actress discussed the empowering experience she hopes for girls to have when the experience Rogue One.

I just hope that girls like the movie and can invest in Jyn’s story and care about her. It is quite nice now that instead of a fish’s tail, girls can see a cool female character who’s got a blaster and can run really fast.

Jones also commented on how much she enjoyed the physicality required for playing the role of Jyn Erso.

I loved it because I got to kick some ass. I loved the physical side of making these larger films. I worked closely with the stunt teams and got to learn a new skill. I mean, you do go home covered in bruises, but it’s worth it.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.



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