Last year may have been all about Rey and how amazing of a character she was (or if youâ€™re Max Landis, how much of a Mary Sue she was). While itâ€™s easy for some fans to dismiss the lead of this yearâ€™s Star Wars film, Jyn Erso, as just some other female character, based on the trailers weâ€™ve had for the film, sheâ€™s anything but. Unlike Rey, sheâ€™s serious, cynical, and jaded â€” not exactly your Luke Skywalker equivalent.
Speaking with Screen Rant, actress Felicity Jones, who portrays Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, talks a bit about where Jyn is coming from, and how that affects her relationship with the rest of the gang:
â€œSomeone who is very much finding her place in the galaxy. I always like to say because it just sounds really cool. [Laughs] Just to say â€˜in the galaxy.â€™ And she joins â€“ theyâ€™re a bit of a motley crew. Theyâ€™ve all had difficult experiences. Then they come together, and they find something in a shared missionâ€¦ that was pretty exciting to shoot.â€
In a separate interview with THR, Jones discussed the methods she used to find that character. Before the shoot, Jones created a scrapbook, and in the process, she found her true inspiration in Florence Welch, a British artist who fronts the band Florence+ the Machine, and used her movements as inspiration for Jyn.
â€œSo much of Jyn is movement. It became a very important part of finding her. She walks almost a bit like a caged animal. Her fight sequences become like dances.â€
Then, of course, comes the big question of what it was like after realizing she was being cast in a freaking Star Wars movie. First came the realization that sheâ€™d have to be in tip-top shape followed by the realization that she couldnâ€™t tell a soul.
â€œI have to do a hell of a lot of fitness and fight training.
â€œI cannot reveal anything and itâ€™s so, so difficult to do. Especially when you see hardcore fans who are friends and family and you can just see their eyes lighting up. Obviously when youâ€™re excited about something, you want to talk about it, and you kind of have to do the opposite. But I was very keen to keep hold of my job (laughs), so I didnâ€™t want to spill the beans to anyone.â€
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16, 2016.