In another piece for Entertainment Weekly, Anthony Breznican talked with Felicity Jones about her role of Jyn Erso, leader of ragtag team of Rebels tasked to steal the plans for Empire’s new major weapon – The Death Star.
Jones talks about the first meeting with Gareth Edwards about Rogue One, physical preparations for the role and Erso’s role in the world of galaxy far, far away.
In a ‘life imitates art’ scenario, the secrecy surrounding Rogue One reflected the recruitment of Jyn Erso in the movie when Edwards met Jones at dawn in a quiet restaurant after being hired himself to direct the movie:
“We were both working at the time and we met at something like 5:30 a.m. in a hotel restaurant,” Jones recalls. “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.”
After seeing the trailer released on Thursday, we can predict a grueling and challenging battle for our heroes. Felicity Jones seems to be pushed to the limits herself during the filming:
“I’m laughing now, but at the time, it was physically exhausting,” says the actress, 32. “It took a lot of hours of practice, and I worked with a kung fu coach, and I learned to fight, even though I never thought beating up Stormtroopers was something I’d be doing in my job. It came through hard work and lots of practice and rehearsals.”
“She is absolutely a very unlikely heroine,” the actress says. “She’s someone on the edges and fringes of society. Physically, she’s smaller than everyone else around her, but… when someone has something they believe in, that’s what powers them, that’s what motivates them, that’s what can give someone enormous strength.”
Besides her diminutive stature (she is 5’2”) that might help the audience to empathize with her more easily and her acquired fighting skills, Felicity Jones brings other unique qualities to her role. Edwards is full of praise for his lead.
“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,” the director says. “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.”
From the previous EW interviews and the trailer itself, we could conclude that Jyn will have a close relationship with Saw Gerrera played by Forest Whitaker. But, Rebellion extremist is not the only one Jyn Erso is looking up to.
“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,” Jones says. “So even as the film opens [Jyn] has a very strong female role model in front of her, and someone she respects.”
One detail in Breznican’s article caught my eye. He says that Jyn Erso “will fight in space, on land, in the pouring rain, and under a sweltering desert sun.”
In the past fans had expressed their disappointment in not seeing any space battles in new Star Wars movies and, if Breznican is to be believed, Rogue One remedies that.
To read the entire article, follow the link at the top to Entertainment Weekly site. Rogue One, A Star Wars Story, hits theaters on December 16th, 2016.
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