“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” promises to take the Star Wars space opera in a new direction. Although its story is key to the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, it’s the first film set outside the Star Wars saga of trilogies itself. As such expect it to have a slightly different feel from other Star Wars films, and yet, it is still very much Star Wars.
A new international trailer for the movie has a few new clues about the movie, plus there’s more Darth Vader and Jyn Erso. Both good things.
One of the new scenes is of a young Jyn being given a crystal from her mom who tells her to “Trust in the Force.” It’s likely a kyber crystals—which power lightsabers—also a key component of the Death Star and likely the reason Jyn and her Father are meeting with the Empire.
We also see the Death Star doing a firing test, which is pretty cool to see, unless you’re on that planet. That would probably suck quite a bit.
The trailer also confirms the role Jyn’s father plays in the movie. He’s helped build the Death Star, probably helping use those kyber crystals to build the lasers, but also wants to make sure the weapon is destroyed before it can end the rebellion for good.
The movie’s message of defiance in the face of ultimate evil and how one dedicated team can overcome great odds is probably something we need to hear right now.
About this movie:
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The story is by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, and the screenplay is by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.