Bring ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Jyn Erso Back With Reincarnation? It Could Be Possible According To Felicity Jones
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the first movie in the franchise to deviate away from the Skywalker narrative. The original, prequel, and sequel trilogies all dealt with Jedi vs. Sith and Light vs. Dark Side. But Rogue One told the story of a small group of rebels who were the ones that made it possible for Luke Skywalker to blow up the first Death Star.
On paper, it was such an interesting yet tiny story to pick out and make into a major Star Wars film. But it worked. It’s gone on to be one of the best movies in the franchise since Disney took the reins of Lucasfilm. While it ended sadly for many of the main characters, there could be hope for one down the line.
Felicity Jones said that she really wants Jyn Erso to come back via reincarnation
Felicity Jones starred in Rogue One as Jyn Erso, the daughter of an engineer for the Empire, Galen Erso. He was actually in charge of making the blueprints for the Death Star. He did try to go into hiding with his wife and daughter, but the Empire and Director Orson Krennic forced him back in.
Jyn is actually a part of the Rogue One team that got the plans for the Death Star thanks to Galen. These are the plans that Princess Leia hands off to R2-D2 with the “You’re our only hope” message to Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope. And they’re what the Rebels use to take it out, thanks to Luke in the end.
But Jyn dies on Scarif after sending off the plans. The Death Star shot at the planet and killed everyone on Scarif including Jyn, Cassian Andor, and the rest of their team. Even though that happened before the original Star Wars trilogy in the timeline, Jones isn’t sure Jyn has to be gone for good.
“I just keep saying that reincarnation is totally possible in the Star Wars universe,” Jones told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview on Oct. 30. “So, I feel there’s unfinished business for Jyn, for sure.”
If reincarnation or some form of resurrection could work on Jyn down the line, Jones has some desires for the fierce character.
“I think it would be fascinating to see her getting older and wiser and fighting the dark forces in the universe, of which there are many it seems,” she said.
Would it make sense to bring Jyn Erso back?
Jones does have a point; in the world of Star Wars, fans have seen everything. Palpatine was long dead and yet the studio found a way to bring him back in The Rise of Skywalker. Maul came back after being cut in half with a lightsaber. And Ahsoka Tano was brought back through the sacrifice of The Daughter and is now aligned with the Light side creature.
So yes, there are avenues to bring Jyn back if Lucasfilm really wanted. However, Jyn is just a human, even though she existed in this fantasy world. For all of the instances mentioned above, extreme ties to the Force were necessary. And for Sith like Palpatine and Maul, their hate and desire for vengeance kept them strong in the Dark Side and able to survive.
While Jyn did have the kyber crystal necklace from her father and was familiar with the Force, she wasn’t wielding it. So there would have to be some bigger power that wants Jyn alive. Or some “World Between Worlds” sized loophole that kept Jyn alive after Scarif. It wouldn’t be unbelievable if Jyn comes back but there would have to be a lot of explanations involved.
Jones said that Jyn isn’t perfect and that’s what made the character
Jyn Erso is a spitfire and it would be a joy to have her back on screen. She’s not like a lot of female leads in Star Wars in that she’s very much an antihero at first.
“She’s a bit of a wounded animal when you meet her,” Jones told Glamour in November 2016 when the film came out. The interviewer pointed out that a lot of Jyn’s traits are seen on male characters, usually. “There were moments when she’s been blown over, she’s scrambling to get up, and she falls. It’s important that she’s not perfect. [The director] Gareth [Edwards] and I, we want to see her being a human being.”
And it was important to Jones and Edwards to never sexualize Jyn in a way that some female characters in Star Wars — and other mainstream movies — are.
“Gareth said very early on, ‘I want guys to watch it and be like, ‘I want to be Jyn!’” Jones recalled the director saying. “A female friend of mine said, ‘I love that Jyn looks how we look, with trousers and a long-sleeved top.’ We aren’t in hot pants. When do women walk around wearing hot pants?”
Whether Jyn Erso comes back in a series or movie that takes place before Rogue One or she comes back in some mystical Star Wars way, Jones seems very down to try.