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The Rogue One A Star Wars Story official trailer was released this morning and MOST IMPRESSIVE doesn’t even begin to describe what I just watched.
Rogue One A Star Wars Story, takes place before the original Star Wars: A New Hope. So if you’re trying to figure out where in the Star Wars timeline this film occurs, that’s where it happens. The story as we know it is relatively simple – The rebellion gathers together a team of spies to seek out and retrieve the blueprints to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, The Death Star.
What I’m Liking in the Trailer
The trailer opens up with actress Felicity Jones, who plays Jyn Erso, being recruited by Mom Mothma (Last seen in Return of the Jedi) apparently for the mission to steal the plans to the Death Star.
We then Jones and others setting out on the mission and the trials and tribulations they encounter along the way. We get glimpses of an Imperial Commander (could this be a young Grand Mof Tarkin?), we see actor Forest Whitaker (dressed in some manner of armor – is he an Imperial?) and Donnie Yen (with an impressive bit of staff work being ‘applied’ on hapless stormtroopers) and a number of other impressive scenes.
I had no real expectations of Rogue One. In all honesty I had no clue what to expect. I had seen very little set photos and had read very little news coming out of the Rogue One production, so watching this trailer was exciting in more ways than one.
What I did find myself looking for however, was continuity. Would this film ‘connect’ convincingly to Star Wars episode IV? From what I have seen in this trailer, it definitely was making that case.
Stormtroopers were the same stormtroopers we were introduced to in Star Wars episode IV, with the exception of some strange looking, black-armored stormtroopers (apparently these are ‘shadowtroopers’ not previously shown in the Star Wars films, but have been involved in Star Wars novels, games and comic books over the years).
Some of the background digital displays in the rebel base are reminiscent of Star Wars: A New Hope, as are the outfits and scenery. Director Gareth Edwards and the rest of the production crew seem to have also taken a page out of J.J. Abrams book in trying to stick to a ‘low-tech’ way of presenting this story, relying as much as they can on real-life props rather than resorting to CGI (computer graphics).
My hope is that we may also get some brief cameos. We know that Star Wars: A New Hope begins with Princess Leia’s ship being captured by Darth Vader’s Imperial Star Destroyer. Before she is apprehended, she passes off the plans to the Death Star to R2-D2, who then jettisons himself and C-3PO to the dessert planet of Tatooine far below, and thus begins their grand adventure.
Will we see a young Princess Leia at some point? If so, how would this be done? Would they use CGI to create a young Carrie Fisher? Or maybe, they’ll have a stand-in whom we will see in the distance, possibly even receiving the plans to take aboard her ship?
How about Darth Vader? We know at the beginning of Star Wars: A New Hope he is actively hunting down anyone connected with the theft of the Death Star plans. Will we get a cameo of him and his efforts to root out the perpetrators?
So much good in this initial trailer. But again, trailers are made to excite us, and get the anticipation and the juices pumping, which this definitely has succeeded in doing. But we’ve been burned by trailers before, with the end product not meeting up to expectations, built over months and months of teasers, trailers and marketing promos. Having said that however, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is definitely off to a strong start and I am hopeful that we may have yet another great newcomer to the Star Wars movie universe on its way. Knock on wood!
Now, without further ado, here is the trailer you have been seeking!