Star Wars has been a part of the pop culture lexicon since 1977, but its heroes and villains fill archetypes that have been around since the first stories were told. This is a large part of the series’ appeal, and the best explanation for its staying power, now nearly 40 years since its first chapter. The heroes of Star Wars can be larger than life, but in their best moments, they feel like people we know.
Star Wars has been on a trajectory towards a major modern resurgence since Disney acquired the rights to Lucasfilm in 2012. Their first chapter, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, set all-time records for the domestic box office. Releases also don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon, with a film lined up every year until at least 2019. This year’s chapter, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is the first non-episodic spinoff from the main series, bearing the burden of convincing casual audience members that the galaxy far, far away will be just as viable without the Skywalker legacy.
Actress Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) plays Jyn Erso, the star warrior of Rogue One. As part of the run-of-the-mill press tour, Jones has been interviewed by everyone from BBC News to Entertainment Weekly, but her recent visit with Glamour bore some entertaining fruit in the form of a new video (see above). The star was asked to prove her Star Wars knowledge by bestowing yearbook-styled Senior Superlatives on characters from the series.
Most of Jones picks are humorous, spot on, and indicate an understanding and appreciation of what makes many of our favorite Star Wars characters tick. It will now be impossible for many people not to wonder what Chewbacca is saying about other characters behind their backs or imagine Princess Leia privately blowing off steam to Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls)” in between scenes. Jones does, however, leave out some noteworthy examples – Luke Skywalker (worst case of senioritis), Emperor Palpatine (most likely to shock everyone at a reunion) and R2-D2 (most likely to be censored on national television). It’s now up to the internet to fill in the remaining gaps. Don’t let us down!
Do you have a senior superlative to describe your favorite character from the Star Wars series? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned for all the latest updates and impressions on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as they hit.