On The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Rogue One’s Felicity Jones demonstrated the Wushu Kung-Fu skills she picked up for her role as Jyn Erso in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
In a recent New York Times interview, Jones talked about the martial arts training she learned for her role,
“We didn’t want it to be balletic and majestic,” said Jones, “It’s all quite short, sharp movements. We wanted it to feel authentic and a little bit dirty.”
Finding an actor that can “sell” fighting skill to an audience is a daunting task for any director, as the demand for bigger and better as well as rigid criticism from fans gets bigger every film.
“You can teach anyone to fight, with enough stunt training,” said Rogue One Director, Gareth Edwards to the New York Times about Jones’ fight scenes, “But you can’t teach someone to have that soul in their eyes. Whenever you point the camera at Felicity, there’s just so much going on inside.”
With the increased Jedi presence in the Star Wars prequels, the choreography for fight scenes became elaborate requiring actors to put in more time training. You can see this in the training that Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen go through in the video below.
As well as the lightsaber training, the actors will go through rigorous strength training, depending on the level of intensity the scenes they required. You can see this in the many training videos from Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in the new Star Wars films. See? Not all “fun and games”!
See Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso use her fight skills in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story when it opens in theaters December 16th.
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