Felicity Jones Says Jyn is the Ellen Ripley of 'Rogue One'


While Rogue One’s rebellious Jyn Erso certainly follows in the footsteps of Star Wars heroes like Princess Leia and Rey, Felicity Jones says her character actually derives inspiration from a different sci-fi badass: Ellen Ripley!

Sigourney Weaver played the alien-killing survivalist Ripley across the entire Alien franchise, though is probably most beloved for her tough-as-space-nails performance in the original Ridley Scott Alien and its sequel, James Cameron’s Aliens. The latter film was infused with militaristic sci-fi trappings, partially inspired by Robert A. Heinlein’s novel Starship Troopers.

“Jyn … is very much inspired by Sigourney’s character in Aliens.” Felicity Jones said last week. And while many, many sci-fi lead actors could probably make this claim, the parallel makes particular sense with Rogue One. The entire aesthetic of the new Star Wars spin-off looks to be a pseudo-war film, which probably makes it closer to being like Aliens than the the original Star Wars film, A New Hope.


“I’ve been so inspired by her work,” Felicity Jones said of Sigourney Weaver. The two actors are both appearing in the forthcoming film A Monster Calls, making it tragically unlikely that Sigourney Weaver will ever appear in a Star Wars film. Still, because all of Star Wars takes place “a long time ago,” it’s not inconceivable — from a certain point of view — that the descendants of that galaxy far, far away are somehow related to the characters in the Alien franchise. What we’re saying here is this: Where’s our fan fiction in which Jyn Erso is Ellen Ripley’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother?

Rogue One releases December 18. A Monster Calls is out December 26.

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