Despite the media and fan excitement generated by the consecutive casting of a female lead in the two most recent “Star Wars” movies, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” star Felicity Jones seems politely unsurprised.
“I’m asked a lot, ‘Oh, my God. It’s a female lead.’ I sort of feel like, if it was a giraffe leading it, then that would be a weird point of conversation,” Jones says. While the rest of Hollywood is still struggling to diversify their call sheets, Jones has already moved on to the next phase, where casting a woman in an action movie is old news.
“It would be very unusual to have a giraffe as the lead,” Jones repeats with such calm sincerity that it makes the listener unsure if it’s OK to make jokes about how a giraffe would fit into the Millennium Falcon.