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Felicity Jones Rises to the Challenge as ‘Star Wars’ Prequel’s Heroine

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Felicity Jones is shown in photo during the Toronto International Film Festival 2016.

Being cast as Jyn Erso in the standalone movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was no mean feat, but Felicity Jones rose to the challenge.

As the headstrong and quick-thinking Jyn, Felicity has gone down in cinematic history as a competent actress who gave her best shot to the prequel of the huge franchise. The film was clearly able to rise on Gareth Edwards’ polished direction and the strength of its leads.

In Rogue One, the The Theory of Everything actress plays the daughter of scientist Galen Erso who grows up believing that all that the empire has brought her is pain. She ends up leading a ragtag group that maps out a plan to get the blueprints for the Death Star, in the process uncovering a sense of humanity.

Beyond the interesting plot and witty lines, the cast and crew pulled it off.  Felicity Jones is a fine addition to the Star Wars tradition of tough-minded heroines. Unlike the character of Princess Leia (who appears at the end of Rogue One)  who was in command but had to be rescued from the clutches of evil elements of the Empire, Felicity’s character is much stronger and agile.

Favorable Reception for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The new blockbuster Star Wars film was a huge critical and commercial success. Even Star Wars veterans that include Mark Hamill had good words about the cast and the movie. The actor tweeted that Rogue One had “perfect cast, astonishing action, non-stop thrills.” One movie buff tweeted back that indeed,  it was “such a great Star Wars film” and added that it “enriches” the franchise.

The prequel to the first  film Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope has a big, diverse cast. Director Gareth Edwards admitted in interviews that the film required reshoots that evolved into a logistical nightmare since the varying schedules of the different actors had to be coordinated.

On top of that, the director was uneasy about reviving the high-ranking Imperial officer Grand Moff Tarkin using CGI superimposed over a different actor, Guy Henry. Gareth felt that Tarkin’s omission would be glaring in a film about the building of the Death Star.

In the end, all the risks and efforts paid off, and audiences from different corners of the world were awed with the characters and loved the movie as a whole.

Photo Source: Gordon Correll/Flickr

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