“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” star Felicity Jones will host the first “Saturday Night Live” of 2017.
Jones plays Jyn Erso, the leader of a group of Rebels who undertake a dangerous mission to steal the plans for the Galactic Empire’s planet-destroying superweapon, the Death Star. The film takes place just before the events of 1977’s “Star Wars.”
The film, which opened in wide release on Friday, has already broken box office records, earning $29 million from previews, beating “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Captain America: Civil War” for the biggest Thursday debut of the year. It is also likely to earn the second-biggest December domestic debut of all time, behind only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Jones’ episode will air on Jan. 14. She’ll be joined by musical guest country singer Sturgill Simpson.
Directed by Gareth Edwards from a screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” also stars Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.
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