Felicity Jones adopted a Rocky-like approach to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 December 2016
Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' actress Felicity Jones has revealed she adopted a "Rocky-like devotion to fitness" for her role in the movie

Felicity Jones adopted a "Rocky-like devotion to fitness" for her role in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'.

The 33-year-old actress has been cast as Jyn Erso in the Gareth Edwards-directed movie and has revealed she trained like Sylvester Stallone's iconic character in preparation for the film.

She said: "It involves a Rocky-like devotion to fitness and fighting. It is like training for the Olympics."

Felicity plays the lead in the movie, but she does not think her gender should be considered a big fuss.

She told the Metro newspaper: "People keep saying how amazing it is having a female lead and I just sort of feel, well, of course!

"It shouldn't be such a big deal. We are half the population."

Despite this, Felicity admitted that during her childhood, she would pretend to be a male character rather than the glamorous Princess Leia.

She said: "I was definitely Han Solo! Or Luke Skywalker. I was a tomboy. I think that's what I tapped into playing Jyn.

"I was very sporty. I used to play for the Warwickshire Junior Bears cricket team."

On the other hand, Felicity recently said it is "important" for a woman to be heading 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story', as the sci-fi genre is "traditionally dominated by men".

She said: "Jyn is a fantastic woman ... I saw her as being tough and decisive and I tried to capture that attitude and portray her as an extraordinary heroine. We rarely see a woman like this in film ...

"It's important and exciting that this genre, which is traditionally dominated by men, is now featuring a woman in a central role. I spent hours practicing for the fight scenes. I even had to learn kung fu with my own coach, and I would work for hours every day learning the moves."

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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