Exciting news for Star Wars fans in Fresno and all over the world today as the very first teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has now officially been released online.
Directed by Godzilla director Gareth Edwards, Rogue One is the first in what Disney plans to become an anthology franchise of Star Wars films to run parallel with the new episodes of the main series. With the massive commercial and critical success of The Force Awakens, Disney is naturally interested in expanding the series in every way possible, which means filling a demand that the current sequel trilogy alone may not be able to fill…In other words, they are trying to apply the universe-building formula that has worked so successfully for the Marvel Cinematic Universe also work for Star Wars with a series of spin off stories set in George Lucas’s fictional space opera universe, and Rogue One is going to kick off that series by finally revealing the answers to a mystery that fans have wanted to see explored for a long, long time.
The trailer, which can be viewed here, opens with a young woman named Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones) being escorted into a private meeting with Mon Mothma, leader of the Rebel Alliance (played by Genevieve O’Reilly). On her own since she was fifteen, Jyn is a reckless, aggressive and undisciplined woman charged with numerous acts of rebellion against the Empire, including forging of imperial documents, possession of stolen property, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest. This is shown to be true when she openly attacks and shoots at stormtroopers in the streets a common space port.
The reason why Mothma has called for her is because the Rebellion know that the Empire is planning a major weapons test and they want to know what that weapon is and how they can destroy it. That ultimate weapon is, of course, the first Death Start, which is now undergoing the final stages of its construction. Jyn accepts the mission, and what follows is a montage of her and her team going out on a quest to find and claim the secret plans to the Death Star as they avoid capture from an Imperial admiral (played by Ben Mendelsohn). An ally question Jyn over what she will do if they catch and break her. He also questions what she will become if she continues to fight, bringing us to the final image of the teaser, which is of Jyn in what appears to be a black Imperial uniform.
From what little we get to see in this announcement teaser, undoubtedly timed specifically by Disney to come out just as we are all enjoying the newly released Blu-ray of The Force Awakens, this looks like its going to be a very nostalgic, intense and dramatic story set in the Star Wars galaxy. We are not introduced to any of the characters formally save of course for Jyn, and there don’t look to be a lot of familiar characters from the original trilogy inserted in here, save of course for Mon Mothma (played by Genevieve O’Reilly, reprising her role from Revenge of the Sith), unless they intend to throw us a few surprises when the film itself is released (Darth Vader or Grand Moff Tarkin perhaps?). There is a lot of iconic imagery in here to get of back to the feel of the original film specifically, such as the white oval helmets the rebels soldiers wear and the set of the rebel base which is clearly meant to be the base on Yavin 4 from A New Hope. The Death Star, while clearly a CG creation and no longer a physical model, still looks awesome and ominous here a we see the crater-like indention for it’s planet-destroying super laser being installed. The rebels outfits are very much like some of those jungle uniforms worn in that film and even the at this time unnamed Imperial admiral looks totally ominous in his white Imperial uniform. Perhaps the best image in the trailer is the shot of this small team of rebels running head on against a squad of AT-ATs, a terrific symbol of the scale of what this team is up against as they carry out this mission that is essential to the survival of the Rebellion, and which leads directly into the beginning of A New Hope, the film that started it all.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is currently slated for release on December 16, 2016.