Felicity Jones felt "nervous" after being cast in ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ because she knew she’d need to hit the gym.
The 33-year-old actress plays the role of rebel soldier Jyn Erso in the hotly-anticipated new movie and has admitted the requirements of the all-action part tempered her excitement at being cast.
Speaking at the launch event for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ at London’s Tate Modern last night (12.13.16), Felicity said: "I remember wooping. [Director] Gareth Edwards called me on the telephone and said, ‘We’d love you to play the part of Jyn Erso.’ I sort of went, ‘Oh, that’s awesome.’
"At the same time, I was a little bit nervous because I knew it meant I would have to start going to the gym a lot and training – and that I would never be out of sweatpants for seven months. And that was true, that was how it was for the entirety of shooting."
Felicity plays the central role in the eagerly awaited spin-off movie, and has revealed she took inspiration from the likes of Sigourney Weaver and Harrison Ford – who appeared as Han Solo in the ‘Star Wars’ movies – for the part.
She told HeyuGuys: "I’m always looking constantly for inspiration. You know, you’re a bit of a magpie and you’re looking at different people.
"You know, there’s Sigourney Weaver in ‘Alien’ – I remember watching that, thinking that was a great reference.
"But also Harrison Ford … there were certain sequences I was looking at in ‘Rogue One’ and I thought, ‘What would Harrison Ford do in this moment?’ So I went back and watched his ‘Star Wars’ films but also other films he’s done and I guess somewhere between those two people was where I was trying to find Jyn."