[WATCH] Felicity Jones dishes new film ‘A Monster Calls’: It’s a ‘mysterious fairy tale’ that ‘completely hit me in the gut’

“Having read the script, I then went and looked at the book. I was just absolutely mesmerized by it,” reveals actress Felicity Jones about taking on a role in the new film “A Monster’s Call.” In our recent interview (watch above), she adds, “It had those wonderful drawings in it and already had that mysterious fairy tale tone to it. It was deeply moving. I read it when I was on holiday, and it just completely hit me in the gut.”

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This Focus Features release directed by J.A. Bayona stars Lewis MacDougall as a boy named Conor O’Malley who seeks the help of a tree monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) to cope with his mother’s terminal illness. Jones plays the sick mom Lizzie, and Sigourney Weaver plays her somewhat menacing mother. The monster tells the boy three stories that teach him valuable life lessons, and in the end, forces him to tell a truth about himself. The screenplay is by Patrick Ness and is based on his novel of the same name. The movie will be released in the U.S. on December 23.

Many of Jones’ scenes required her to be in bed and look sick. Of that experience, she says, “I spent a lot of time on changing my voice and thinking about how does it affect your body and the way you move. It was great being able to show Lizzie when she doesn’t have the illness (in flashbacks) and then show the difference in charting those changes. It was a challenge but one that was fascinating to do.”

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The British actress received Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG Awards nominations as Best Actress for the 2014 movie “The Theory of Everything” (losing at all ceremonies to Julianne Moore for “Still Alice”). Other films in her career have included “Brideshead Revisited,” “The Tempest,” “Like Crazy,” “The Invisible Woman,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” and “Inferno.” She will next be scene in a lead role in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which she also teases briefly in the interview above.

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