Felicity Jones adopted a Rocky-like approach to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Felicity Jones adopted a Rocky-like approach to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Felicity Jones adopted a "Rocky-like devotion to fitness" for her role in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'.

The 33-year-old actress has been cast as Jyn Erso in the Gareth Edwards-directed movie and has revealed she trained like Sylvester Stallone's iconic character in preparation for the film.

She said: "It involves a Rocky-like devotion to fitness and fighting. It is like training for the Olympics."

Felicity plays the lead in the movie, but she does not think her gender should be considered a big fuss.

She told the Metro newspaper: "People keep saying how amazing it is having a female lead and I just sort of feel, well, of course!

"It shouldn't be such a big deal. We are half the population."

Despite this, Felicity admitted that during her childhood, she would pretend to be a male character rather than the glamorous Princess Leia.

She said: "I was definitely Han Solo! Or Luke Skywalker. I was a tomboy. I think that's what I tapped into playing Jyn.

"I was very sporty. I used to play for the Warwickshire Junior Bears cricket team."

On the other hand, Felicity recently said it is "important" for a woman to be heading 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story', as the sci-fi genre is "traditionally dominated by men".

She said: "Jyn is a fantastic woman ... I saw her as being tough and decisive and I tried to capture that attitude and portray her as an extraordinary heroine. We rarely see a woman like this in film ...

"It's important and exciting that this genre, which is traditionally dominated by men, is now featuring a woman in a central role. I spent hours practicing for the fight scenes. I even had to learn kung fu with my own coach, and I would work for hours every day learning the moves."

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