In just over two weeks, Star Wars fans across the globe will celebrate as Rogue One flies into cinemas. While this is an exciting release, it also sparks a new generation of films set within George Lucas’ wonderful world. Rogue One is the beginning of what Disney and LucasFilm refer to as “Anthology” films; movies which detail characters who are not from the Skywalker bloodline, unlike the main trilogy starring Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill.
Rather perfectly, the first film in this new series will tell of Rebel spies who steal the plans to the Empire’s sinister Death Star. A story that was linked to back in 1977 with the release of Lucas’ original Star Wars movie, A New Hope. The movie will be directed by Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards, and has been described as a “War movie,” more than another Star Wars film.
The Theory Of Everything actress Felicity Jones is set to play the main role of Jyn Erso, and in a new interview with ABC News, the thespian revealed some unique traits of Erso. When asked if Erso was similar to any other Star Wars characters, Jones responded:
“A rather beautiful blend of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo.”
Of course, you could probably tell that from the film’s trailer. The whole concept of her being a criminal who is literally thrust into this crazy world of Stormtroopers and Death Stars. Jones continued:
“The opportunity to play someone determined, who’s trying to find her skills as a leader, to be in a fantasy movie, to be able to do a leading female role in a film of that scale… that’s very, very rare.”
In recent weeks, LucasFilm’s Kathleen Kennedy has been discussing the idea of a female director for a potential Star Wars anthology movie, and it sounds like Jones was incredibly satisfied with how she was treated in Rogue One.
Jones continued discussing the sexualisation of female characters in modern blockbusters:
“Everyone wanted to create a character that was not in any way objectified. We didn’t want to sexualize Jyn. We don’t even see Jyn’s arms! That’s not her priority. She’s a survivor and she has a mission to complete. We aren’t in hot pants. When do women walk around wearing hot pants? I’ve always been a feminist, and what I love in my work is being able to explore a full-sided woman and not patronize her. Particularly with Jyn, it’s such a rare opportunity to be able to play a female who’s not just thinking about [romantic] relationships.”
I personally think it is fantastic that girls are growing up today with incredible heroes like Erso and Rey from The Force Awakens. That being said, how excited are you for Rogue One? I bought my midnight tickets about 5 minutes ago. You can check out Jones and co. when Rogue One lands in theatres on December 16.