Friday, August 12, 2016

Felicity Jones Talks Jyn Erso & Being Cast In 'Rogue One' With EW

By: Benjamin Hart

Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican is at it again with another awesome piece about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This time he sat down with Jyn Erso herself, Academy Award nominee Felicity Jones, to discuss her character and what she experienced making Rogue One happen. In addition, we also hear from director Gareth Edwards about Jyn and why he chose Jones for the part.

First, she reveals that an early morning meeting with Gareth Edwards at a restaurant was what led her to getting the role in the first place:

“We were both working at the time and we met at something like 5:30 a.m. in a hotel restaurant. Most of the meeting was conducted in whispers as he explained the story and the character. My first introduction was definitely one shrouded in secrecy and being very careful no one overheard what we were talking about.”

Breznican then brings attention to the fact that Jones, who stands at 5-foot-3, isn't as physically imposing as other actors of her caliber. Gareth Edwards explains that this fact benefits the character:

“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.”

They also go on to discuss another strong female presence in the film; Mon Mothma. Jones mentions that Mothma is someone that inspires her character:

“I would say there’s a huge amount of respect for women in the Rebellion. Mon Mothma is ultimately, for Jyn, someone she looks up to. So even as the film opens [Jyn] has a very strong female role model in front of her, and someone she respects.”

EW also revealed a new photo of Jyn:

Be sure to read the full interview over at EW!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16th!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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