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 Woman; being 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.
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