In a wide ranging and lengthy interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Felicity Jones comments on her role in Rogue One.
Obviously, of all the parts Jones will be playing over the next three months, Jyn is the one with the most star-making potential — and also the one carrying the highest risks. It’s her biggest payday to date (seven figures, while no other castmember received even mid-six figures, according to sources), but she takes the hardest PR hit if the film doesn’t match Force Awakens‘ numbers. And there have been worrying reports of reshoots (some believe to be as much as $30 million worth). Just as worrying, Disney CEO Bob Iger lately seems to be lowering expectations, publicly calling Rogue One “an experiment of sorts.” Hardly the kind of hype-building description one would expect for the big-budget, high-profile space epic in which Jyn leads a band of spies on a mission to steal the plans for the Galactic Empire’s Death Star (you know, the plans that R2-D2 smuggled to Obi-Wan in the original Star Wars).
Still, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy waves away any concerns as if performing a Jedi mind trick. “I’m sure if you picked up the phone and called every single large, technical movie and said, ‘You ever gone in and done reshoots?’ they’d all say, ‘Oh God, yes,’ ” she says. “So why has it turned into a big story? Because it’s Star Wars, and they put a spotlight and scrutinize every single thing that gets done. But it was always planned and nothing unusual.” In other words, these are not the droids you are looking for.
Jones plays down the reshoots as well. “Obviously when you come to the edit, you see the film come together and you think, ‘Actually, we could do this better, and this would make more sense if we did this,’ ” she says. “I’ve done it so many times. I mean, you wouldn’t just give your first draft on this story, would you?”
It was Kennedy, incidentally, who first thought of Jones for Jyn — the actress had been on her radar as far back as Like Crazy. But it was Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn who cast the deciding vote. And there was a crowded field of contenders vying for the part, including Mara and Tatiana Maslany. “Alan was incredibly excited by Felicity’s work and loved her as an actress,” says Kennedy. “She’s relatively petite, but you would never know it. I mean, she comes off very strong and physical and capable, and all of those things were the qualities that we were looking for.”
For the full interview take the link below.