Wow. I don’t know what I was really expected from our first look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but what I got I was quite impressed with. The film, judging by the first teaser trailer released today, has a bit of an ominous feel to it. But why shouldn’t it? These are desperate times as the Empire wages war on the galaxy and has our Rebels on their heels.
We get our first impressions of Rogue One’s lead, Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones. She’s a total bad ass with a shady history. She’s being read a laundry list of charges against and slights on her moral character within the clip. Her response? “This is a rebellion, isn’t it? I rebel.” Awesome. We get glimpses of Erso’s crew, including a hobbled Forest Whitaker who still comes across as more than capable of holding his own. There is even a gorgeous shot of a CGI Peter Cushing portraying the villainous Grand Moff Tarkin. Again, awesome.
“We have a mission for you. A major weapons test is imminent, and we need to know what it is and how to destroy it.” That’s essentially the crux of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The Rebels know something (the Death Star) is being constructed. And they need to figure out how to take it out. If you recall in A New Hope, the Rebels have gotten their hands on the plans to the Death Star and thus found its weak point. Many have wondered how the Rebellion came about those plans. This is that story.
Checkout the first teaser trailer below. As far as I’m concerned, Disney is 2 for 2 in delivering a fantastic first look at their new Star Wars projects. Rogue One hits theaters December 16th.