‘Rogue One’ star discusses her kung fu training for new ‘Star Wars’ movie

Actress plays a mercenary called Jyn Erso in the spin-off due later this year

Felicity Jones, star of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has revealed that she underwent kung fu training for her role in the film.

The first of three planned spin-off films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is due for release on December 16 of this year. British actress Jones, who received an Oscar nomination for her performance opposite Eddie Redmayne in Theory Of Everything, plays a mercenary called Jyn Erso.

Discussing the spin-off with Total Film, Jones said: “I’ve never done this level of physical preparation for something. Particularly for Rogue One where I was training every day and doing kung fu rehearsals on a daily basis, but that’s part of the reason I wanted to do it, because it was very different from what Ive done before.”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story also stars Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna. It has recently been revealed that the film will end 10 minutes before the original 1977 movie Star Wars: A New Hope begins.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first in Disney’s “Anthology Series” of spin-off films that will continue with the currently untitled Han Solo prequel movie due in 2018. It was announced in July that rising star Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as a younger version of the character made famous by Harrison Ford. A third Anthology Series film will follow in 2020, Disney confirmed earlier this week.

In May, it was reported that Disney had ordered weeks of costly reshoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “the goal of the reshoots will be to lighten the mood” as right now Rogue One has the “feel of a war movie”.