The recently concluded Star Wars Celebration has given Star Wars and Felicity Jones fans new hope.
The 4-day celebration of everything Star Wars opened with the teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and concluded with news that teased about Star Wars: Rogue One.
While it has long been confirmed that Jones will be starring in the first of the Star Wars “anthology films”, very little information has been given about it. Until last Sunday’s teaser video and short panel discussion, that is.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Trailer]
Director Gareth Edwards confirmed the movie is set in the tumultuous times between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope - when the Jedi Knights were all but extinct and the Emperor is already tightening the noose around other confederate planets.
The plot revolves around a group of rebel soldiers who are out to steal the plans for the Death Star, a critical mission that fueled the events in Episode IV. Jones is slated to play the rebel soldier who leads the heist.
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Edwards said during the conference that “the absence of Jedi is omnipresent” in the film and the idea that this group of fighters are just ordinary soldiers, without light sabers or the ability to call on the Force, is what makes the story compelling.
And it’s also what made Jones perfect for the role. She’s the “complete package” according to the erstwhile Godzilla director.
“We wanted to see fear, warmth, all those aspects that everybody has,” he said, adding that people will see Jones’ character not just as a soldier, but also as a complex individual.
The actress is on a roll right now. After her heartbreaking portrayal of Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Jones will be seen next in True Story, acting opposite Jonah Hill and James Franco.