Females made up 29% of protagonists in the 100 highest-grossing films of 2016, according to a new study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.
It was visual effects ace John Knoll who first pitched the idea for the standalone Star Wars hit Rogue One to Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy. “I wanted a really strong, smart, and active female character as the lead of this movie,” Knoll, chief creative officer of Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic effects house, told Yahoo Movies.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Felicity Jones was, by far, the highest-paid cast member of the stand-alone 'Star Wars' film, coming off her best actress nomination for "The Theory of Everything"
Ellen Ripley, the intergalactic explorer played by Sigourney Weaver in four Alien movies, has long been considered one of the greatest — if not the greatest — action heroines of all time. Both DC (Wonder Woman) and Marvel (Captain Marvel) have hotly anticipated standalone female superhero movies on the horizon, and with this week’s release of Rogue One, the past two Star Wars movies have featured a woman in the lead (after last year’s Force Awakens). “The tide is turning, but hasn’t it been a long time coming?” Weaver asked Yahoo Movies at the New York press day for her latest film, the tearjerking YA adaptation A Monster Calls.
A long time ago (2007), on a basic cable channel far, far away (the defunct G4), Olivia Munn became famous for posing in a Leia-esque bikini. Now, she and several celebrity coconspirators are taking over your Twitter feed with another Star Wars-inspired fashion statement. And it’s all for a good cause.
There’s just a few weeks until ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ hits cinemas but the specifics of the plot of still firmly under wraps.
After the enormous success of Colin Trevorrow’s ‘Jurassic World’ in 2015, its inevitable sequel is about to begin filming. The news comes after speaking to its director J.A. Bayona who’s currently promoting his latest movie ‘A Monster Calls’ which stars ‘Rogue One’ protagonist Felicity Jones. “The ‘Jurassic World’ sequel is a more collaborative filmmaker experience, not only with Colin Trevorrow, but also with Steven [Spielberg] and with Frank Marshall.
Appearing in a ‘Star Wars’ movie essentially transforms you into a globally recognisable face overnight but in the case of Felicity Jones it’s done far more. For starters, Jones is already an established actor, with films such as ‘The Theory of Everything’ (for which she got an Oscar nomination) to her name. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar (via The List), the British actress has spoken about working on ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’, revealing the spin-off film is like nothing she’s done before.
This means that UK movie fans will have one over on their US counterparts, because it’s still only being released stateside on December 16. By this point, though, most UK moviegoers are used to seeing films opening here earlier than in the US. Marvel Studios usually release their latest instalments a week earlier across the pond than they do domestically, while ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ hit cinemas on December 17, 2015, in the UK opposed to December 18, 2015, in the US.
The two biggest action heroes in the rebooted Star Wars universe have connected. Daisy Ridley, who became a worldwide star for her fierce portrayal of Rey in The Force Awakens, was in Los Angeles Tuesday promoting the new documentary The Eagle Huntress (which she executive produced and narrates) when Yahoo Movies asked her thoughts about the saga’s upcoming spin-off, Rogue One, starring Felicity Jones. “I’m very excited to see it,” Ridley said before volunteering the following, voice rising in excitement.
Despite the fact that pretty much every single Marvel movie, as well as most blockbusters, do reshoots, after ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’’ success and with ‘Rogue One’ labelled “an experiment of sorts” by Disney CEO Bob Iger, there were worries that the eighth instalment to the sci-fi franchise was in trouble. “Obviously when you come to the edit, you see the film come together and you think, ‘Actually, we could do this better, and this would make more sense if we did this’,” Jones said to The Hollywood Reporter. Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm who is overseeing the expansion of the ‘Star Wars’ universe, was just as adamant that there no issues with the reshoots.
In a Toronto sit-down with Yahoo Movies, actress talked about the emotionally grueling role, and what the classic character originated by costar Sigourney Weaver (who plays her mother in 'A Monster Calls') meant to her new 'Star Wars' heroine
The Force Awakens was a groundbreaking chapter in the Star Wars universe: the seventh installment was the first to feature a female lead in Daisy Ridley’s desert warrior Rey. Rogue One, the eighth live-action film — and first standalone “Star Wars Story” — also has a woman as the central protagonist in Felicity Jones’s Rebel Alliance recruit, Jyn Erso. The female focus is a major sign of progress, and judging from the cosplayers at this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration in London, it’s making an impact.
For more than a year now, the cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has had to remain tight-lipped about the characters they’re playing in Lucasfilm’s first standalone adventure in the beloved saga. “Loose lips sink starships” was the motto J.J. Abrams drilled home on the set of The Force Awakens, setting the tone for Rogue helmer Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). Today, though, at Star Wars Celebration Europe in London, the cast could finally, finally spill some intel on the folks they’re playing.
At one point during the hour-long panel, moderator Gwendoline Christie gleefully pulled out her personal Captain Phasma and remarked how special it was to have your own toy. Then she presented Rogue One star Felicity Jones with a 6-inch Jyn Erso action figure from Hasbro. “I feel very privileged to have joined the Star Wars doll universe,” Jones said, waving the figure in the air.
A year after burning rubber across post-apocalyptic sands in Mad Max: Fury Road, Nicholas Hoult is cranking up the gears again in the upcoming thriller Collide. Casey checks in with his former crime boss, Geran (Ben Kingsley), who sets him up on a heist… that goes terribly wrong. Soon Casey is speeding across German highways on the run from the menacing mob boss Hagen (Anthony Hopkins) and gang.
With all the excitement of Christmas you’d be forgiven for overlooking the first images of Ron Howard’s latest film ‘Inferno’ that have been released.
It’s official – we’ve finally got our first look at ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’… along with a full reveal of its star-studded cast. Announced today at Lucasfilm’s D23 Expo, ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ has begun principal photography… and that’s not all – the first ‘Star Wars’ spin-off has been given a bit of a makeover – renamed as ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’. - Han Solo Gets A Star Wars Spin-Off - 7 Actors Who Hated Being In Star Wars - San Diego Comic Con Bans Selfie Sticks Of course, there was also the small matter of the film’s cast – most of which has been rumoured over the past few months. But it’s now confirmed that Felicity Jones will be joined on-screen by Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen and Riz Ahmed. And it looks as though Alan Tudyk will be joining them in a motion-capture role.