"Saturday Night Live" will return from its winter hiatus with a bang, kicking off the second half of its 42nd season with "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" star Felicity Jones set to host the show in January.
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Jones will make her "SNL" debut during the long-running sketch comedy's first episode of 2017, alongside musical guest Sturgill Simpson, who's also appearing on the show for the first time. Jones's emceeing gig will be a bit of a victory lap for the "Rogue One" headliner, after the "Star Wars" spinoff flick proved to be a huge box office draw over its opening weekend, raking in $155 million domestically and more than $290 million globally.
Simpson will also be celebrating when he appears on "SNL," having nabbed two Grammy nominations recently, including one for Album of the Year.
Oscar nominee Jones ("The Theory of Everything") is just the latest high-profile star to take the Studio 8H stage this season, with Casey Affleck (an Oscar hopeful for "Manchester by the Sea"), John Cena, Emma Stone, Kristen Wiig, and Dave Chappelle hosting in recent weeks. "SNL" is currently on hiatus for the winter holidays, and will be back with Jones and Simpson on January 14.
[via: Saturday Night Live]
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