Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a breath of fresh air for many suffering Star Wars fans. It proved the franchise was once again in the hands of creatives who understood and respected the source material. But The Force Awakens was disappointing for some who felt the story was more a remake of A New Hope than anything new. It was great to see Luke, Leia, and Han again, but for those of you who wanted more, check out Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s new teaser below.
How many trailers for beloved sequels are going to open with a somber piano version of the series’ iconic themes?!?! Sorry, pet peeve. The trend is already overdone.
Anyway Felicity Jones plays Jyn Erso, a new character to the franchise who will be instrumental to the early Rebellion’s efforts to steal the Death Star plans. Remember the scene in the original Star Wars where Leia stores the plans for the Death Star with R2-D2? This film will be all about how she came upon those plans. Cue jokes about all the Bothan spies who died to bring us this teaser.
Rogue One will be the first Star Wars film to not focus exclusively on the neverending family woes of the Skywalkers and will be more of a war drama set before the events of the first film. It’s being directed by Gareth Edwards, who helmed Godzilla in 2014. It also will be one of the most interesting and diverse casts for a Star Wars film yet; Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, and Diego Luna will all be lending their great talents on screen to help Jyn steal the plans. Rogue One looks set to take place during the height of the Empire, but sometime after TV’s underappreciated Star Wars: Rebels.
Otherwise details on Rogue One are relatively scarce, as is the case with any Disney property lately – despite the fact that we all know how it ends. But the teaser puts a lot of focus on Jones’ Erso and the precocious fighter she is, so who knows what kind of future she has in the Rebellion. Hopefully, Disney has lots of interesting stuff planned outside of that and Rogue One will give us some legitimately cool world-building. In particular, the planet at the end where the AT-ATs are attacking looks like something we haven’t seen in a Star Wars film before. And who knows? It’s set before A New Hope; there’s no reason a certain Sith Lord couldn’t make an appearance.
We’ll keep you up-to-date on all things Rogue One as they come out. The film opens in December of 2016, and December of 2017 will be the release of Star Wars VIII. And sometime in 2018 we’ll get our next Star Wars anthology film about young Han Solo film. Still waiting for any details on that Boba Fett solo picture…