A wonderful year for female movie icons.
This year has been a really strong year for the development of female film roles in Hollywood. We are quickly moving away from gender stereotypes and incorporating qualities of real life everyday women, as well as real life once-in-while-women whose impact on human history are becoming more and more prevalent.
Here are our favourite female film characters from 2016:
1. Wonder Woman ('Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice')
She admits it was a physically exhausting ride.
After being Oscar-nominated for her role in 2014's The Theory of Everything, Felicity Jones takes a surprise trip into space for the Star Wars spin-off Rogue One. But she thinks her character Jyn Erso is just as complex as anyone she's played.
Felicity Jones stars in Rogue One
"Jyn was a bit of a child delinquent," she laughs. "She has grown up without her parents. She's had to survive on her own a lot of the time. But she's also very perceptive. She kind of has an animal awareness, and acts on her feelings."
Continue reading: Felicity Jones Was Inspired By Princess Leia For Rogue One
With the tagline "A Star Wars Story", this first spin-off from the saga isn't actually a stand-alone movie. It requires some understanding of the context as it chronicles events that lead directly into 1977's Episode IV: A New Hope. It's also a seriously rousing action film with a riveting cast of characters and a surprising willingness to embrace even the darkest elements of storytelling. In other words, it might be the first Star Wars movie made specifically for grown-ups.
It opens as the Empire is systematically crushing the rebellion, leaving them wondering if there's any point to continuing the fight. Rumours are swirling that the Empire is building a massive Death Star, and rebel Jyn (Felicity Jones) discovers that it was designed by her long-lost father Galen (Mads Mikkelsen), who sends her a message saying that he left a flaw in the system specifically for the rebels to exploit. So she joins a team to contact him, led by Cassian (Diego Luna), who doubts that Galen is on their side. They're accompanied by pilot Bodhi (Riz Ahmed) and the sarcastic robot K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), plus the blind wannabe Jedi Chirrut (Donnie Yen) and his battling sidekick Baze (Jiang Wen). And as their mission goes rogue, they come up against the slimy Imperial Director Orson (Ben Mendelson) and the vicious Darth Vader (again voiced by James Earl Jones).
Director Gareth Edwards (Monster) packs the movie with visual references to A New Hope, cleverly matching the design work by avoiding fakey digital effects in lieu of more practical, battle-scared models and lively settings on a series of new planets and a familiar one. This gives the film an electric atmosphere that's edgy and unpredictable even though we all know exactly how this mission has to end. At the beginning, the plot feels a bit splintered, but the strands come together with power, building a gnawing sense of momentum and some real gravitas along the way.
Continue reading: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review
'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' is arriving imminently, following the stand-alone story of Jyn Erso as she joins Rebel forces in a bid to help them destroy the plans for the Death Star. In a series of new featureets, Felicity Jones, along with director Gareth Edwards, opened up about how they created Jyn; a vulnerable, strong, stubborn and trouble-making hero; and Diego Luna explored his significance in the film as Captain Cassian Andor. It's an experience that posed many challenges for the actors, given the neverending amount of themes and emotions with the difference scenes.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a standalone Star Wars film which acts as an important subplot to the original 1977 movie 'A New Hope'. In the man film, Luke and his uncle take ownership of a droid sold to them and as Luke cleans the droid up he hears a section of a message left for someone called Obi-Wan Kenobi pleading for his help. Luke decides to find the only man he knows by the name of Kenobi and his mission turns into the story we all know.
The data on R2-D2 memory is the story of Rouge One. The Rebel Alliance are aware that the Galactic Empire are building a humongous super machine capable of destroy vast areas of space and one of their rebel fighters might just hold the key to more information than she knows.
Jin Erso is a loyal member of the Alliance though she often acts as a lone rebel and takes risks greater than her superiors would like. When a fraction of the Alliance learns that Erso's father played a crucial role in building the device she knows that she must track him down.
The English star said that female actors should be paid the same as their male counterparts - "that's what every single woman around the world wants".
Hollywood star Felicity Jones has weighed into the debate around the gender inequality in the movie industry, saying that it should be an expectation that female stars get paid as much as their male counterparts.
Speaking to the January 2017 edition of Glamour magazine, the 33 year old English actress, who stars in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie Rogue One, said: “I want to be paid fairly for the work that I'm doing.”
“That's what every single woman around the world wants,” she continued. “We want to be paid on parity with a man in a similar position. And I think it's important to talk about it.”
Continue reading: Felicity Jones Speaks Out On Gender Pay Gap In Hollywood
Daisy Ridley is envious of Felicity Jones, who is set to go on a 'Star Wars' tour in the future.
The 24-year-old actress has admitted she wants to be in Felicity's shoes and be on the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' press tour, and although Daisy has admitted '''jealous' is the wrong word'' she does feel a little bit of the green-eyed monster creeping in that Felicity will be on the road for 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'.
Speaking to Yahoo! Movies, the brunette beauty - who played Rey in the movie - said: ''It was weird, I've talked so much retrospectively about what was going on [in the lead-up to 'Force Awakens']. It was so odd to be reliving it. And she gets to go talk about this film that she's part of in all these amazing places.
Continue reading: Daisy Ridley Is Envious Of Felicity Jones
After her Oscar-nominated performance in The Theory of Everything, Felicity Jones has been thrust into the A-list. And she has a trio of big roles this year that will raise her profile even higher.
First up is Inferno opposite Tom Hanks. This is the third film in the Robert Langdon series, which started with The Da Vinci Code, and she plays the leading female role of Dr Sienna Brooks. She liked the script when she read it, and was happy to be working with director Ron Howard. "That Sienna must be an equal to Langdon in her intellectual capabilities was very clear to Ron and me from the very beginning," she says. "This is such a huge departure from anything I've done in the past, so the chance to learn from Ron and Tom, two of the greatest creatives in the industry, well, you dream of working with people like them! The energy they bring, the enthusiasm, it's like you're working with them on their first movie. It's master class."
Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones star in the third Robert Langdon movie, Inferno
Jones is glad that she has emerged on the scene just as better roles for women are coming along. 'You can see that clearly with things like The Hunger Games, there is a huge audience for female-driven films," she says. "Also I think Lena Dunham is such a force when it comes to talking about female roles. She is a trailblazer, someone who really has made the path easier for the rest of us." Jones famously begged Dunham for a role in Girls, and appeared in an episode in the third series.
Continue reading: Felicity Jones Loved Working With Two Heroes On Inferno
Prepare to join the Rebels in an interstellar adventure.
The final trailer for 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' has arrived! We see Felicity Jones meet her new friends in the new clip, and discover that Mads Mikkelsen is a part of a very dark plot indeed. The film is due to arrive before Christmas.
Felicity Jones plays Jyn in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The trailer opens on a dream sequence of a young Jyn watching her father Galen (Mads Mikkelsen) face off against an Imperial Officer and some black-clad stormtroopers. In the present, the older Jyn (Felicity Jones) is imprisoned by the Empire, but is soon rescued by Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) of the Rebellion. His crew of Rebels adopt Jyn into their circle and quiz her about her father who she has not seen in years.
Continue reading: The Final Trailer For 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Has Landed
Since novelist Dan Brown wrote a new thriller featuring the symbologist Robert Langdon, Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard have reteamed to bring it to the big screen. But this second sequel to The Da Vinci Code feels like a pale imitation of the original. Gone are the clever, fake-academic revelations and rather wacky action antics, and in their place are clues that feel utterly irrelevant, accompanied by fights and chases that are incoherent.
At least it opens well, with Langdon (Hanks) waking up in a Florence hospital without a clue how he got to Italy. Then when a sexy cop (Ana Ularu) tries to kill him, Robert's hot doctor Sienna (Felicity Jones) helps him escape. She also has an unusual knowledge of antiquities, so she travels with him to figure out why he's being chased by the police, an army of World Health Organisation officials (led by Sidse Babett Knudsen), a man (Omar Sy) leading a team of violent goons and a shady businessman (Irrfan Khan). Robert traces all of these shenanigans to the recently deceased billionaire anarchist Bertrand (Ben Foster), who was plotting to release a virus that would kill off half of mankind to halt overpopulation. Is his plan still going forward? Can Robert stop it in time? The next clues are in Venice and then Istanbul.
The settings are gorgeous, and Howard knows how to use them to pack the film with old world elegance. But while David Koepp's script keeps the mayhem moving along whether or not it makes any sense, Howard directs everything at a glacial pace. So it looks like Hanks is in danger of falling asleep at any time, even in the middle of a car chase. There's also the problem that the central premise is utterly preposterous: if you're planning a terrorist attack that will kill four billion people, would you take the time to set it up as an elaborate scavenger hunt? And it doesn't help that everyone in the movie seems untrustworthy. The script sorts the good from the bad as it goes along, but it never matters.
Continue reading: Inferno Review
The Galaxy is on the brink of a major war being won by dangerous rulers and only a few fighters stand between the Emperor and his unrelenting army which is constantly surging peaceful plants. The destruction and invasion of any planet who won't agree to the Empire's stringent regulations is all but destroyed.
Jyn Erso is one such rebel fighter who is willing to go to any lengths to fulfil her mission, often landing her in trouble with her seniors but her independent demeanour means that she might be a perfect candidate for an imperative mission - the failure of which could mean the end of the galaxy as its citizens know.
Jyn and a small team of fellow rebels must steal plans for the Emperor's newest and deadliest weapon, The Death Star.
Continue: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer
Professor Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital feeling terrible and suffering from serious nightmares. His dreams are lifelike and appear to predict a vicious and unprecedented attack on humanity. As the professor begins to come around, his nurse, Sienna, is on hand to treat his head injuries and inform him of his concussion and the side effects he might experience.
Before he can fully understand what brought him to Italy - Langdon's last memories were from Harvard University - a woman enters the hospital and kills the professor's doctor. With the help of Sienna, Robert escapes and the pair retreat to Sienna's apartment. Whilst searching his pockets Langdon finds a vile with a hazardous label on it.
The vile is the start of Langdon's latest mission, he must find the source of a deadly virus that is thought to be capable of killing half the world's population. Without knowing who's on his side, it looks like Langdon is being hunted by multiple organisations all wishing to cash in on the powerful weapon.
Continue: Inferno Trailer
Darth Vader is back and James Earl Jones will once again provide the villain’s voice.
Anticipation for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reached new heights this week, when the first real details about the film were revealed by Entertainment Weekly. The biggest news to emerge was that it will indeed feature the return of Darth Vader. But now we’ve been given even more details about the villain's role in this newest instalment of the Star Wars saga.
As my former master once said, "Well, we are still flying half a ship." pic.twitter.com/mBPVFkqfb6— Star Wars (@starwars) June 24, 2016
The first stand-alone Star Wars Anthology film will hit cinemas this December.
Darth Vader has been confirmed as featuring in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the prequel to 1977’s A New Hope. The news was confirmed on Tuesday's edition of ‘Good Morning America’, when they unveiled Entertainment Weekly’s latest cover which promises the inside scoop on the movie.
Continue reading: Darth Vader Confirmed As Appearing In 'Star Wars: Rogue One'
Inferno comes as the third in the series of Ron Howard's film interpretations of Dan Brown's highly successful novels (Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code) and sees Tom Hanks returning to his role as Robert Langdon, a Harvard University Professor. This time Langdon is accompanied by Dr. Sienna Brooks played by Felicity Jones. The film sees its main protagonist Langdon being at the centre of a manhunt.
Continue: Inferno - First Look Trailer
We all know the story of Luke Skywalker and the legendary Jedi and rebels who fought to keep the universe safe but what about the other Rebel Alliance fighters who were doing their all to protect their freedom? Jyn Erso has never been one to stick to the rules; she's been alone since her teens and doesn't require the protection of others to make her own way. A member of the rebellion who likes to rebel from all authority on both sides of the war.
She has unlimited gumption and a fierce attitude which attracts her to the leaders of her rebel unit. Jyn is ordered to locate and bring back important data on a new deadly weapon that the Galactic Empire is building and beginning to test. The Dark Star is the Empire's new planet destroyer and its secrets are closely guarded by Darth Vader and his legions of fighters all willing to lose their lives in a bid to keep the Empire the ruling force.
Jyn and her small team of fighters set out on a mission that they know they're likely not to return from. The rewards outweigh the risks and Jyn must retrieve the plans before it's too late.
There are a number of fantastic movies due out in 2016. Contactmusic.com's resident film reviewer, Rich Cline talks us through some of the most anticipated.
As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but surely some will be worth the effort. (Release dates are subject to change.)
10. The Hateful Eight
Tarantino kicks off the year with an epic Western starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell (Jan). And there's more manly action with Charlie Hunnam in Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur (Jul), Jack Huston in Ben-Hur (Aug), Chris Pratt in The Magnificent Seven (Sep).
Continue reading: 10 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016
Gareth Edwards will direct Felicity Jones in the Star Wars standalone.
Disney and Lucasfilm have announced details of the upcoming Star Wars films at its annual shareholders meeting in California. Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII which will hit theaters on May 26, 2017, while Gareth Edwards' standalone movie starring Felicity Jones will be titled Rogue One, according to Variety.
Felicity Jones will reportedly play Princess Leia in Gareth Edwards' new movie
The latter movie will begin shooting in London this summer and opens on December 16, 2016. The film is based on an idea by Oscar-winning vfx supervisor John Knoll and was written by Cinderella scribe Chris Weitz. Plot details are yet to be revealed though it is speculated Jones could play Princess Leia. Kathleen Kennedy will produce the movie film alongside Knoll, Tony To and John Schwartz.
Continue reading: Star Wars: Episode VIII Gets Release Date, Spin-Off Called 'Rogue One'
Excitement builds as the trailer for the Stephen Hawking biopic is released.
Excitement for the forthcoming British biopic, The Theory of Everything, based on the life of cosmologist and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has been propelled forward twice this week: firstly with a still of the two main characters, Hawking and his wife Jane, and now with a full trailer.
The first still released from the Stephen Hawking forthcoming biopic, The Theory of Everything
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones assume the roles of the two main characters and will take audiences on a journey through the early stages of Hawking’s studies and the difficulties the couple face when he is diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21.
Fans of Fifty Shades of Grey are petitioning producers of the film adaptation to alter their casting decision. It was announced 2nd September, Christian Grey would be played by Charlie Hunnam and Anastasia Steele would be portrayed by Dakota Johnson. However, fans have other ideas for who should appear in the roles.
Fans of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy are in uproar following the casting announcements on Monday. Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam will be playing Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in the film adaptation of E.L. James' raunchy novels.
Charlie Hunnam has been cast as Christian Grey.
Fans may have their own ideas about who should portray the characters of E.L. James' bestselling series. However, it seems unlikely anything will change despite the outcry. The film's producer, Dana Brunetti, has defended the casting; tweeting in mock surprise of the negative comments. He went so far as to accuse those attacking the casting decision of not being "true fans".
Continue reading: Fifty Shades Of Grey Fans Petition For Casting Changes
Can Brad Pitt's World War Z live up to years of hype? We find out this weekend. Also: Edinburgh kicks off, the cast of Despicable Me 2 have a chat and we get trailer overload...
Filming on Brad Pitt's apocalyptic zombie epic World War Z started two years ago in Britain and Malta, and audiences are finally getting to see the results this weekend. Critics are being hard on the film, but the box office will have the last word.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival kicked off this week with the premiere of Breathe In, the new drama from Drake Doremus (Like Crazy), who walked the red carpet with star Felicity Jones. There will be nearly 150 new movies screened in Edinburgh over the next 10 days, along with parties every night with the filmmakers and stars.
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