THE GUARDIAN – She has journeyed from Ambridge, which was rocked by her character’s wild affairs with both the young Grundy brothers, to Hollywood, where she is one of the most exciting and in-demand stars.
From 2017 the Birmingham-born actor Felicity Jones will also take her place in the National Portrait Gallery in a new commission through the John Kobal new work award.
In the same week that Jones, 33, can be seen in cinemas as the lead in the new Star Wars film, Rogue One, the NPG unveiled a new photographic portrait, which will go on display next year.
It was taken by the photographer Laura Pannack among the reeds of the Walthamstow Marshes in north-east London.
Pannack said the marshes were near her home and were chosen over other park-based locations because they “felt more unusual and emotive. We both agreed it felt wildly atmospheric.
“Felicity was incredibly enthusiastic and really keen to contribute ideas to ensure the portrait was a creative collaboration.”
Jones’s parents worked on the Express & Star in Wolverhampton, her father as a journalist and her mother in advertising.
She has carved out a stellar movie career with a CV that includes Like Crazy, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and The Theory of Everything, in which she played Jane Hawking.
For 10 years she was in The Archers as Emma, daughter of Neil and Susan Carter, and her character went out with both Will and the less boring Ed Grundy.
A teenage Jones was also a star of the ITV children’s series The Worst Witch before something of a breakthrough year in 2007 when she took the lead in ITV’s Northanger Abbey and made her stage debut in Polly Stenham’s That Face at the Royal Court.
The John Kobal award has been given annually since 2012 to a photographer under 35 whose work is selected for the Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize at the NPG.
Simon Crocker, chairman of the John Kobal Foundation, said: “When you get perfect harmony between a captivating sitter like Felicity and a talented photographer like Laura you get a wonderful portrait like this – thoughtful, fresh and intriguing. We could not be more pleased with it.”
Another new international trailer for Felicity Jones’ upcoming film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has just been released. Watch it in full below.
Each year ELLE crowns a charismatic roster of starlets to front its much talked about Women in Hollywood Issue. For this years edition the magazine reveals a diverse casting including Lupita Nyongo, Aja Naomi King, Felicity Jones, Amy Adams, Helen Mirren, Anna Kendricks, and Kathy Bates. The eight covers, photographed by Darren Mirren, features each actress in a dazzling assortment of brands including Calvin Klein, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, and Chanel.
EMPIRE – Much as happened with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, stand-alone pic “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is doing the release date hop, with the new movie now opening a day earlier in the UK.
The shift – Lucasfilm and Disney haven’t directly said why the change – brings the UK into the same realm as places such as Austria, Brazil and Colombia, though some European countries such as Belgium and Sweden will be headed to the galaxy far, far away even earlier, on 14 December. There’s a Brexit joke to be made here, but we shall sidestep it.
The US and other countries such as Canada and Spain will have to wait until the originally scheduled 16 December, while China won’t see the film until January.
“Rogue One”, which features Gareth Edwards in the director’s chair and the likes of Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen and Alan Tudyk in the cast, will be with us on 15 December.
THR – Felicity Jones will be honored with BAFTA Los Angeles’ Britannia Award for British artist of the year.
The annual gala celebration will take place on Oct. 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. As previously announced, Britannia Awards also will be bestowed upon Ang Lee for excellence in directing, Samuel L. Jackson for worldwide contribution to entertainment and Ricky Gervais for excellence in comedy. Ewan McGregor will be honored with the Britannia humanitarian award.
The artist of the year award, which is presented by Burberry, pays tribute to a talented British artist whose outstanding performances in a year demonstrate the high quality of his or her craftsmanship and represents the best of British talent. Past recipients include James Corden, Emma Watson, Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet, Tilda Swinton, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Blunt, Michael Sheen and Rachel Weisz.
Jones is best known for her Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated starring role opposite Eddie Redmayne in James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything. She next stars in Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Ron Howard’s Inferno and J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls.
“Felicity Jones is one of the finest, most sought-after actors of her generation,” BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Kieran Breen said Thursday in a statement. “With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Inferno and A Monster Calls, this year is set to be the one when Felicity’s remarkable talents reach a truly global audience.”
The Britannia Awards evening is BAFTA’s big night out in Hollywood. The ceremony, which will be hosted for the second year in a row by British comedian and actor Jack Whitehall and is being produced by Done + Dusted, serves to celebrate the long-standing collaboration between the British and American film industries. Proceeds from the event support BAFTA Los Angeles’ education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.
ComicBookMovie – Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have a new look at Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. Like Finn and Rey before her, the character looks set to become an instant fan-favourite, but in an interview with the magazine, the Oscar winning actress admitted to being an unconventional heroine. After all, at just 5’3″, Jones isn’t what you’d normally expect from a war movie’s lead star.
“She is absolutely a very unlikely heroine. She’s someone on the edges and fringes of society. Physically, she’s smaller than everyone else around her. When someone has something they believe in, that’s what powers them, that’s what motivates them, that’s what can give someone enormous strength.” As for how women are viewed in the Rebellion, she added: “I would say there’s a huge amount of respect for women. Mon Mothma is ultimately, for Jyn, someone she looks up to. So even as the film opens [Jyn] has a strong female role model in front of her, and someone she respects.”
Collider – So, how’s your weekend going? Been keeping up with the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio? If you have, you might have noticed a super-short TV spot for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that aired during the games in the last 24 hours or so. The TV spot, which hasn’t popped up online quite yet, doesn’t offer much in the way of new footage or a new perspective on the footage we’ve seen thus far but works more as a kind of announcement trailer. The spot ends with a confirmation that we will, indeed, see a brand new full trailer for Rogue One on Thursday during the Rio Olympics.
This is a bit more crucial than you might imagine. This week, it came to light that Tony Gilroy, the writer-director-producer behind Michael Clayton and the undervalued Duplicity, has spearheaded all the reshoots for Disney’s hugely anticipated Star Wars spin-off. Sources close to post-production also said that Gilroy is supervising the edits to the movie with an unclear amount of input from director Gareth Edwards. Gilroy worked with Edwards on Godzilla, so this doesn’t necessarily mean a hack job is underway but taken as a whole, all the stories about reshoots shows a certain cowardice in Disney to stray from the tone and structure of the Star Wars films that have been made thus far.
The new trailer will have to firmly give a sense that the film will be just as dark as the original trailer suggested while also teasing the film’s ties to the rest of the Star Wars franchise. Considering these elements at play, I would not be surprised if the new trailer included our first full glance at Darth Vader in the film, which well precede the events in Star Wars: A New Hope. If so, expect the internet to lose its collective shit come Thursday.
The Film Stage – While Venice and Telluride will get things going, the biggest seasonal event is easily the Toronto International Film Festival. With hundreds of titles from around the globe on its slate, many of our yearly favorites debut there and we’ll be covering in-depth yet again this year. To get a preview of what to expect, they’ve announced their initial line-up of titles.
The slate includes Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals, Denis Villeneuve‘s Arrival, Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land, Kim Ji-woon‘s The Age of Shadows, Ewan McGregor‘s American Pastoral, the Miles Teller-led Bleed for This, Denial starring Rachel Weisz, Christopher Guest‘s Mascots, Werner Herzog‘s Salt and Fire, the Michael Fassbender-led Trespass Against Us, Una starring Rooney Mara, Rob Reiner‘s LBJ, A Monster Calls, the Natalie Portman-led Planetarium, Mira Nair‘s Queen of Katwe, and more.
A Monster Calls J.A. Bayona, USA/Spain World Premiere
This visually spectacular drama follows a lonely 12-year-old boy struggling with his mother’s illness, until an ancient, wild, and relentless monster appears, guiding him on a journey of courage, faith, and truth. Starring Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson.
Aside from opening with Antoine Fuqua‘s The Magnificent Seven remake and closing with the Hailee Steinfeld-led The Edge of Seventeen, they also added some acclaimed previous premieres, including Manchester by the Sea, Loving, American Honey, The Birth of a Nation, Elle, The Handmaiden, Neruda, Paterson, The Salesman, Things to Come, and Toni Erdmann.
ET Online – tar Wars fans had a weekend packed with thrill-inducing announcements, first looks and panels at the annual Star Wars Celebration event, but high on the list of iconic moments came during new footage from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, when Felicity Jones’ character, resistance fighter Jyn Erso, looked past the camera and declared, “May the Force be with us.”
“I have to say it was one of those moments that I was really nervous about for weeks before,” Jones admitted to ET’s Ashley Crossan at the event, which was held in London, England, this year. “I kept walking around my house just trying out the line.”
“I’d just be in the bathroom and be like, ‘May the force be with you. May the force be with you. May the force be with you,’” she added. “You just go over and over and over again because I knew it was such a momentous moment for the film.”
Speculation has run rampant about how Jones’ character fits into the Star Wars canon. The events of Rogue One take place in-between the first two Star Wars trilogies — that is to say, after the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and before Episode IV: A New Hope. It’s a time when the Jedi were believed to be extinct, so the rebels, including Jyn Erso, are battling the Empire on their own.
“This is a rebellion, isn’t it?” she quips in the first trailer. “I rebel.”
In Rogue One, Erso and her fellow rebels are enlisted to steal the plans to the Empire’s ultimate superweapon: the Death Star. The young resistance fighter is shown to be a scrappy, independent spirit and something of a rogue entity (forgive the pun), which has many fans drawing familial parallels to The Force Awakens’ Rey, played by Daisy Ridley. But Jones cautions against jumping to conclusions.
“I like to use Daisy’s theory, which is, just because they both have brown hair doesn’t mean they’re related,” she told ET.
The Oscar nominee is thrilled, however, to be adding her name to the franchise’s list of strong female characters.
“It’s just a fantastic time,” she said. “Rather than it being a trend or being something unusual, I would hope that we’re in a world now that we have an equal amount of male leads and equal amount of female leads. That’s absolutely how it should be.”
Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy also spoke with ET at the Star Wars Celebration event, dishing on whether or not Rogue One will include the franchise’s iconic opening crawl. See what she had to say in the video below.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters Dec. 16.