The fresh-faced Felicity Jones may only seem like a new kid on the block, but she's been making quite the impression in Hollywood since her on-screen debut as Alice Bastable in the made-for-TV movie The Treasure Seekers, when she was just 12 years old. In the years following, Jones landed roles on high-profile series like Doctor Who, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Girls. Her slingshot into stardom, however, came bundled with a shiny Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role as Jane Wilde Hawking in the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything.
Just when viewers believed she'd already played the role she'd become best known for, Jones bested herself, snagging the lead role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. As Jyn Erso, the tenacious Rebel Alliance leader whose torn-apart familial ties push her to steal the Galactic Empire's blueprints for the Death Star super-weapon, Jones stole millions of Star Wars fanatics' hearts—and earned her a handful of nominations for her stellar performance.
In the midst of Jones's ping-ponging between major roles and smaller-screen forays, she stepped foot into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing as a similarly-named assistant in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Jones played opposite Dean DeHaan's grieving Green Goblin Harry Osborn, as the sweet and sincere Felicia Hardy. Rumors swirled stating that, had the Amazing iterations of the Spider-Man saga performed a bit better, Jones would have shown up in future films as Black Cat, the silver-haired and sinister side ego of Hardy herself. However, had fans gotten a double dose of Jones in the MCU, they likely wouldn't have gotten her take on Jyn Erso at all, so we're glad things panned out the way they did.