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It's almost been a full month since Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was released in theaters, and the movie has been killing it! Despite being one of the final releases of 2016, it was the fifth highest-grossing movie (worldwide) of the year, and it's still charging along in these early 2017 days. To help keep the momentum going, Rogue One star Felicity Jones is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. Unfortunately, she's dealing with a tough crowd during rehearsal.
It's hard enough practicing for Saturday Night Live, but when your audience is a group of stormtroopers, that's even worse! The SNL promo cleverly begins with the show's title represented in that all-too familiar Lucasfilm design, but Felicity Jones' monologue isn't getting a great response from the white-armored soldiers sitting in front of the stage. Then the actress made the mistake of calling them a "bunch of troopers." Admittedly, that trooper line was awful, but I also get the feeling some of them are still sore (figuratively and literally) about how Jones beat them up during the Rogue One shoot. Still, she should be glad there weren't any Death Troopers around. I've heard they actually throw things at performer they don't like.
After a three-week holiday break, Saturday Night Live returns in three days with Felicity Jones as the host and Sturgill Simpson as the musical guest. Even though Rogue One has been out for a while, the craze for the first Star Wars Anthology film is still high, so it makes sense that Jones would be tapped to appear on the long-running sketch comedy show right now. Since Casey Affleck snagged that December 17 spot last year, appearing right out the gate in 2017 was the next best option. We'll have to wait and see how Jones is used in these sketches, it's a good bet that one of them will be Star Wars-themed, like her reprising Jyn Erso in a comical Rogue One scenario.
Set shortly before A New Hope, Rogue One follows Jyn Erso and her gang of Rebel cohorts as they travel across the galaxy to track down her father, one of the Death Star's key architects, and later steal the plans for the battle station. The movie has been mostly well-received (it currently ranks at 85% among top critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and has collected over $918 million worldwide. Felicity Jones' other appearances in 2016 included Inferno and A Monster Calls, the latter of which is still being screened.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is still playing in theaters all over the world, and click here to read our review of the movie.