Felicity Jones, who stars in the highly anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has said that the number of lead roles that are available for women in cinema is “a wonderful moment for cinema”.
Felicity, who plays Jyn Erso in the Star Wars spin off, has said it means a “huge amount” to have the honour of being the very first woman to have top billing in a Star Wars movie.
She said: “It’s absolutely time that we had female leads and as many females leading films as we do men. It’s a very exciting time to be an actress.”
When speaking to BBC Breakfast, she said that with the prevalence of actresses such as Jennifer Lawrence and Daisy Ridley taking lead roles in big ticket films means that female action heroes are “absolutely the norm”.
“It’s a wonderful moment for cinema and there’s a great appetite for female action hero leads. Going back to Sigourney Weaver in Alien, there’s a great tradition of wonderful leading female heroes.”
Felicity also went on to discuss the inspirations for her portrayal of Jyn Erso, and although pop star Beyonce was one of them, another inspiration was old Harrison Ford films.
She said: “There’s such an irreverence that he has and a playfulness that I wanted Jyn to have too. I hope absolutely that young boys go and see the film, and young girls see the film, and that they both identify with the film. The characters are in a time of war, they’re in a battle, they’re not from privileged backgrounds, they are ordinary people who are fighting for their lives and I feel like you can’t help but identify with them.”
Fingers crossed her hard work pays off, and it won’t be long at all until we get to see for ourselves if her hard work paid off as the long awaited film releases this week.