This holiday season will take Star Wars fans young and old on another adventure in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a standalone prequel to A New Hope that follows a plucky group of Rebels tasked with stealing the plans for the Death Star. One team member is Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a drifter who has a personal connection to the mission, since her father Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) is the architect behind Darth Vader's superweapon, having been kidnapped by the Empire when Jyn was still very young.
Outside of Star Wars franchise, Jones has had a busy couple of years, having recently received an Oscar nomination for her role in Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything. Also being released on either side of Rogue One are two other films in which Jones plays leading roles: magical realist drama A Monster Calls, and Ron Howard's Angels and Demons follow-up Inferno.
Screen Rant got a chance to speak to Jones on the red carpet at the world premiere of Inferno in Florence, Italy (stay tuned for more coverage next week). Asked to share a few details about her Rogue One character, Jones describes Jyn as:
"Someone 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 'in the galaxy.' And she joins - they're a bit of a motley crew. They've all had difficult experiences. Then they come together, and they find something in a shared mission... that was pretty exciting to shoot."
The latest trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story illustrated the kind of "difficult experiences" that Jyn has been through, showing a few short glimpses of the moment at which she is separated from her father. However, the trailer also spent a considerable amount of time with Jyn's fellow Rebels: Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed), Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen), Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen), Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker), and the android K-2SO (Alan Tudyk).
Rogue One is, based on appearances so far, perhaps more of a "war movie" than any other entry in the Star Wars franchise so far - which unfortunately means that not all of Jyn's newfound friends (or even, indeed, Jyn herself) may make it to the end credits. Then again, perhaps we should stay optimistic - a rebellion is built on hope, after all.
Inferno arrives in U.S. theaters on October 28, 2016.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.