Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s leading lady got inspiration from a surprising musician to prepare for her major role, and you’ll never guess who it is.
In the upcoming Star Wars stand-alone film, Felicity Jones plays Jyn Erso, a rebel fighter with insight on how to stop the Death Star from being created,. Erso has to rally the troops, kick butt and remain calm as the Empire tries to build its deadly weapon, using her father as a means to do so. Sounds pretty intense right? Well, that’s why Jones turned to one of her favorite artists for inspiration.
The British actress told The Hollywood Reporter that her major influence for portraying Jyn was Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine, which seems odd, but her reasoning totally supports her choice.
According to Jones, Welch’s movements on stage and in her music videos is what helped Jones bring life to the rebellious and yet graceful character. After watching her stage presence and ethereal movements, Jones knew that was who she would look to in order to make Jyn’s movements more fluid.
“So much of Jyn is movement,” Jones told The Hollywood Reporter. “It became a very important part of finding her. She walks almost a bit like a caged animal. Her fight sequences become like dances.”
Jones also revealed that she looks to art, music and museums as a part of her process in becoming the character she plays on screen.
“Pictures that I see that remind me of the person I’m playing, little bits of writing,” she explained. “As much as possible, I’m trying to understand who the characters are and why they’re making the decisions that they’re making.”
We can’t wait to see all of Jones’ inspirations take shape and come through in her portrayal of the lead character in the new Star Wars movie.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16