So how did Lucasfilm, specifically ILM mastermind John Knoll, come up with the character portrayal for Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso in Rogue One? What was his inspiration for selecting the name Jyn Erso for this lead character? The answers to those questions and more are provided below via Yahoo Movies.
“I wanted a really strong, smart, and active female character as the lead of this movie,” Knoll, chief creative officer of Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic effects house, told Yahoo Movies. “I have three daughters, and they were all growing up, and they were all young when I was working on the prequels. I felt like Star Wars could really use another good strong smart and decisive female character.”
When it came to naming her, Knoll didn’t have to look far for inspiration. “My youngest daughter is Jane, and my wife is Jen, so [Jyn] is sort of mashup of them. And growing up my aunt was Aunt Ginny, [short] for Virginia, so there’s a little bit of that, too. It’s a mix up of a lot of my favorite women in my life.”