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We’ve had our eye on Felicity Jones ever since 2011, when she wowed festival audiences with her role in indie drama Like Crazy.

She’s racked up a number of great roles since then, but so far has always seemed to play second fiddle, despite appearing as the titular character in The Invisible Womanbeing nominated for an Oscar for her performance alongside Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything; and playing Tom Hanks‘ sidekick in Inferno, so it’s good to see her finally take center stage in upcoming Star Wars spin-off Rogue One.

She plays Jyn Erso, the leader of the Rebel Alliance tasked with stealing the plans to the Death Star which eventually end up in R2-D2 in Episode IV: A New Hope.

Forget gold bikinis: in it she’s every inch the female action hero, a rebel with a cause whose criminal record is as long as your arm, though there’s a sensitive side to her.

“It was very important that we found her humanity and her vulnerability,” Felicity explains in a featurette released yesterday (December 5). “Everyone should relate to her.”

Let’s just say it’s not only the Star Wars men who have daddy issues:

Also discussing Jyn are director Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and Felicity’s co-star Diego Luna (Milk), who seem just as impressed by Felicity as we are.

We’ll get to see how she makes the transition from indie films and sweeping Oscar-bait dramas to big action blockbuster when Star Wars: Rogue One finally lands in U.S. theaters on December 16.

Do you think she’s got what it takes to make it?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.