Rogue One's Felicity Jones: Princess Leia bikini won't work for my Star Wars character

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Rogue One star Felicity Jones says a scene in the same vein as Princess Leia's appearance in a gold bikini would not suit a modern Star Wars film.

The British actress plays rebel fighter Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first of three planned spin-off movies set in the Star Wars universe.

Princess Leia, played by Carrie Fisher, famously dons a bikini-style costume in 1983´s Return Of The Jedi, but the outfit has generated mounting criticism in recent years for its sexist implications.

Felicity Jones stars in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Lucasfilm/YouTube)
Felicity Jones stars in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Lucasfilm/YouTube)

Asked whether a similar scene would suit a modern Star Wars movie, Felicity told the Press Association: "I don't think so. It depends on the story you're telling I guess.

"I think in this Jyn might have got a bit cold - giving away nothing."

Ahead of the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens last year, Fisher reportedly told the film's star Daisy Ridley: "Don't be a slave like I was. You keep fighting against that slave outfit."

Wax figures of Jabba the Hutt and Princess Leia at Madame Tussauds
Wax figures of Jabba the Hutt and Princess Leia at Madame Tussauds (Lauren Hurley/PA)

Rogue One is set just before Episode IV: A New Hope and tells the story of a group of rebel fighters who set out to steal plans for the Death Star.

Felicity, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in The Theory Of Everything, compared the Star Wars spin-off film to Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

She said: "It's most similar to Empire Strikes Back in that there's a quest at the heart of it and it's very much rooted in a parent-child relationship.

"Jyn's had a bit of a struggle in life. She's a little bit more of a hardened character. She knows who she is, she's knows where she's come from, she's quite streetwise."

Felicity praised the film-makers for selecting a diverse cast to play the rebel fighters, which include herself, Mexican actor Diego Luna, Chinese star Donnie Yen and Briton Riz Ahmed.

She said: "They all speak many different languages, they're different races, one of them is a woman. It's extraordinary."

:: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released in UK cinemas on December 15.