The Fall and Thirteen actress Valene Kane will play Jyn Erso’s mum in Rogue One

From Jamie Dornan's prey to a galaxy far, far away, it's a big leap for the Northern Irish actress

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We may still be wondering who Rey’s mother is but there’s little doubt about Jyn Erso’s as Irish actress Valene Kane revealed she’ll be playing Felicity Jones’ mum in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One.

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Kane, who’s probably best known as The Fall’s Rose, or Thirteen’s DS Lisa Merchant, told Belfast Live that she could hardly believe she’d been cast as Lyra Erso (wife to Death Star mastermind Galen) until the cameras started rolling.

“I grew up watching Star Wars and I didn’t believe it was happening until I was filming in Iceland,” the actress said.

She also offered some insight into the film itself, adding that “it has a really edgy independent vibe”.

Kane wasn’t revealing much more than that, though – which is probably for the best, given the fact that her on-screen husband, Mads Mikkelsen, tends to land himself in hot water with impromptu Rogue One spoiler revelations.

It remains to be seen how the actress, who at 29 is three years younger than Felicity Jones, will feature on screen but our best guess is that we’ll have a LOT of flashbacks to happier times for the Erso family amid all the Death Star plan stealing action.

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Rogue One opens in UK cinemas on December 18th