Felicity Jones Compares 'Rogue One' to 'Empire Strikes Back'

Friday, 02 December 2016 - 4:19PM
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Star Wars: Rogue One
Friday, 02 December 2016 - 4:19PM
Felicity Jones Compares 'Rogue One' to 'Empire Strikes Back'
Rogue One may directly lead into A New Hope, but it's being compared to a different Star Wars movie entirely. According to star Felicity Jones, the film was directly inspired by everyone's favorite film of the franchise: Empire Strikes Back.

In a new interview with EW, Jones said the tone was much more similar to ESB than any other Star Wars movie, and that director Gareth Edwards directly referred to it during filming:
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"The one that we always would come back to would be The Empire Strikes Back," Jones said. "And I remember with [director Gareth Edwards], we'd keep coming back to it as kind of an inspiration and a reference point. I feel like Mark Hamill's performance in that really captures absolute authenticity, and so that was really our kind of benchmark for Rogue One."
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Granted, comparing a Star Wars movie to Empire Strikes Back has started to become a generic compliment that basically just means "we're trying to make this as good as possible." (Adam Driver recently compared Episode VIII to ESB as well). But still, Jones seems to cite a grounded aesthetic that may very well remind us of the beloved sequel:

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"Constantly all the way through, nothing was fake," she said. " It was never too much makeup. We were always having mud thrown at us throughout the whole shoot. And sand. And then Gareth would be like 'No, their hair's too neat! The hair's too neat!' and be spraying sweat and everything. It was just to get this immersive feel so that when you're watching the film, we want everyone to feel like they're actually there and going through the experience with these rebels."
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Although this only sounds vaguely related to the success of Empire Strikes Back, it all sounds promising. Hopefully that gritty take on the material will truly translate into a preference for physical effects that make The Force Awakens such a success, no matter how much George Lucas tries to sabotage them

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16.
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