Video: Felicity Jones on Playing Jyn Erso in Rogue One

Felicity Jones on playing Jyn Erso in Rogue One

Felicity Jones has been a star on the rise in Hollywood since her Academy Award nomination for The Theory of Everything in 2014. Since then, she’s appeared alongside Tom Hanks in Inferno, Liam Neeson and Sigourney Weaver in the upcoming A Monster Calls, and Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley in Collide. But now the young actress takes on her biggest role to date as Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

While Jones is petite, elegant, and soft spoken in real life, her character Jyn Erso is anything but that in this Star Wars film. Jyn is tough, rebellious, and haunted by her past as she falls in with the newly-formed Rebellion. got to speak with Felicity Jones at the Rogue One press junket and we asked her about the first time she saw A New Hope, what it’s like becoming part of the Star Wars merchandising, and how her character compares with one of the greatest heroines of the saga, Princess Leia. She also revealed that one of her favorite childhood memories was watching Tremors and The Naked Gun on VHS. Watch the video for more!

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Felicity Jones stars alongside Mads Mikkelsen, who plays her father, Galen Erso. Diego Luna (Milk) stars as Captain Cassian Andor, with Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Blade II) as the blind spiritual warrior Chirrut Imwe, Jiang Wen (Let the Bullets Fly, Devils on the Doorstep) as his heavily armored best friend Baze Malbus, Alan Tudyk (Firefly) as the droid K-2SO, Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Four Lions) as the Rebel pilot Bodhi Rook, plus Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) as Saw Gerrera, a character first introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Ben Mendelsohn (BloodlineMississippi Grind) as the film’s main antagonist, Director Orson Krennic.

The Walt Disney Studios will release Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in theaters on December 16, 2016.