When John Knoll pitched ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘ to Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, he had quite a personal reason to end up naming the lead female character Jyn Erso. The name itself sounds like one that would be fitting for the world of Star Wars which takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far far away though inspiration came from much closer to home on this one.
So where did Jyn come from you might ask?
“I wanted a really strong, smart, and active female character as the lead of this movie. I have three daughters, and they were all growing up, and they were all young when I was working on the prequels. I felt like Star Wars could really use another good strong smart and decisive female character.”
My youngest daughter is Jane, and my wife is Jen, so [Jyn] is sort of mashup of them. And growing up my aunt was Aunt Ginny, [short] for Virginia, so there’s a little bit of that, too. It’s a mix up of a lot of my favorite women in my life.
Previous thoughts had Jyn Erso to actually be named after Jane Eyre as they were both orphaned and grew to both inspire and empower women.
They ran the theories by both director Gareth Edwards and Kennedy prior to speaking with Knoll on Jyn and a few other names from leads in the film which you can watch in the video below:
It’s a fun watch and for those who love to know where names from in films, many of them are inspired by others though some were just creatively done. They all had to be run through a gauntlet of tests from the creative staff to the legal team.
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