Felicity Jones learned kung fu for her Star Wars role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 December 2016
Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones trained in kung fu for "many hours" ahead of her role as Jyn Erso in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' to make her character more "bad-ass"

Felicity Jones trained in kung fu to make her 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' character a "bad-ass."

The 33-year-old actress is set to play the rebel soldier Jyn Erso in the upcoming spin-off movie, and has recalled the time she took to learn martial arts techniques in order to bring out the best in her action-filled role.

She shared on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon': "I did a lot of Kung fu, I had a wonderful teacher called Master Yule, who was my kung fu teacher.

"I mean it was many hours of devotion and practice and doing it over and over again, and now I'm just wanting to make Jyn a bad-ass."

Felicity then showcased her moves to the host as she re-enacted the scenes of her battling with the stormtroopers.

Meanwhile, the actress has also agreed with co-star Ben Mendelsohn's claim that the upcoming film will be among the "top three" 'Star Wars' movies of all time.

Asked about Ben's remarks, she said: "Yes, it is. It's just a fantastic story and it was magical making it.

"The scale of it, I think, and being thrown around in a spaceship that's on a really high gimbal and it's rocking from side to side and then you and your cast mates are all hanging on to each other, and there's a camera right up in front of your face, and you're shouting to each other, 'Come on, we got to get to hyperspace.' It's brilliant."

But Felicity remained tight-lipped about whether she will feature in similar action scenes in the future.

She said: "We shall see, but I'm devoted to Jyn Erso and her quests. She's pretty damn cool, I have to say."

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 133 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Gareth Edwards
  • Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jonathan Aris
  • UK release: 16 December 2016

Troublemaker Jyn Erso (Jones) and Rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor (Luna) lead a rag crew across the galaxy to make contact with Death Star chief engineer Galen (Mikkelsen), Jyn's dad. This is Star Wars from the trenches, with sensational battle scenes and great performances from Jones and Luna.

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