Lyra Erso is best known for her role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story but her first Star Wars appearance was in Catalyst, the novel prequel to Rogue One. Lyra was a scientist who was the wife of Galen Erso and the mother of Jyn Erso.
While Lyra doesn’t last long in Rogue One (as happens so frequently in Star Wars films that have mothers in them) she makes a strong and memorable impression.
Lyra plays a much, much larger role in Catalyst – which is one of my favorite canon Star Wars novels. Catalyst focuses on the relationship between Lyra, Galen, and Orson Krennic before the events of Rogue One and makes watching (or re-watching) the film even more enjoyable.
You can learn more about Lyra in the Rogue One Visual Guide and read about how she was originally imagined as a Jedi in The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Check out the entire list of women in 365 Days of Star Wars Women in the Women in Star Wars Index. It includes highlights from each post plus notes which posts include new 365 interviews with actresses, writers, artists, and more.
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