"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," the very first of many upcoming anthology films in the franchise, will introduce audiences to an all-new Rebel hero: delinquent/criminal turned Rebel Jyn Erso. And a new image shared by Entertainment Weekly shows Jyn Erso, played by Academy Award winner Felicity Jones, standing front and center amidst a group of ready-to-rumble Rebels.
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While plenty of facts about "Rouge One" remain secret, we have learned a bit about Jyn Erso. Her father is Mads Mikkelsen’s Galen Erso — a scientist specializing in the laser tech used in the Death Star. Valene Kane will also reportedly appear as Jyn’s mother Lyra, presumably in flashback sequences glimpsed in the most recent story trailer.
As for her personality, Jones spoke about her character in August. “She is absolutely a very unlikely heroine,” said Jones. “She’s someone on the edges and fringes of society. Physically, she’s smaller than everyone else around her, but…when someone has something they believe in, that’s what powers them, that’s what motivates them, that’s what can give someone enormous strength.”
Along with the new photo of Jyn, the EW article also features a quote from director Gareth Edwards about how he broke down "Rogue One's" story. “The thing every [filmmaker] typically struggles with is ‘How does it end?’” said director Edwards. “But we knew how our film was going to end. Our problem became ‘How do we reverse engineer from that and know where to start?’ You’ve got a finite number of options and you go through them all like a puzzle to find the one that’s going to lead to the strongest result.”
Set outside of the main sequel trilogy that began with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One” is set just before 1977’s “Star Wars” and details the Rebel plot to steal the Death Star plans from the Empire. Directed by Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla,” “Monsters”) from a script by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, “Rogue One” stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna and Riz Ahmed.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens on December 16.