The Rebellion strikes back: Some quick thoughts on the first trailer for ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’

ybrhoyn9luekz3ulvh9lThis week was a double treat for Star Wars fans: “The Force Awakens” was released on DVD, and we got the first trailer for the upcoming “Rogue One” film about a team of Rebels fighting the Empire, which takes place before the events of “A New Hope.”

“Rogue One” is a new type of project for the Star Wars Cinematic Universe. We’re used to seeing Star Wars films that are part of epic trilogies that revolve around the Skywalker family and involve the battle between the Jedi and the Sith. “Rogue One” is a bit different — it’s meant to stand on its own and appears to focus on non-Force-users.

Here’s what we know so far: Felicity Jones plays Jyn Erso, a member of the Rebel Alliance who is tasked with a secret mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. From what we’ve seen in the trailer, she’s a bit of a loose cannon who prefers to play by her own rules. We catch glimpses of an Imperial official played by Ben Mendelsohn, a character who is possibly a bounty hunter played by Forest Whitaker, and a warrior (perhaps a former Jedi?) wielding a quarterstaff played by Donnie Yen. There’s a battle with AT-ATs on a beach with palm trees, and we witness the dawn of the Death Star.

Like most good trailers, the trailer for “Rogue One” teases more than it reveals. But so far it looks good — really good. Star Wars has a long history of strong female characters, and Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso looks like she’ll carry on that tradition well. I’m curious to learn what her character’s background is, and why she joined the Rebel Alliance.

I also really like that this film has its own vibe; it’s definitely Star Wars, but it stands on its own. I have a feeling “Rogue One” will be to Star Wars what “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is to the Avengers. The characters in “Rogue One” may not be the main heroes, and they might not have amazing Force powers. However, they’re still a key part of the Rebellion, and without them, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia couldn’t save the galaxy.

I’m thinking this film won’t have a happy ending, because we all know what happens in “A New Hope.” The Rebels don’t stop the Death Star from being built, and they can’t save Alderaan from being destroyed. Still, it will be interesting to see how this sets up the original trilogy.

My one disappointment about the trailer is that we don’t get to see Darth Vader. I’ve heard rumors he’s going to be in the film, and I hope it will be more than just a cameo. We haven’t seen Darth Vader in a full-on battle before, and I really, really hope we get to see him in action, running across a battlefield with his lightsaber. My gut feeling is that they purposefully chose not to show Darth Vader in this trailer, to build up suspense, and then they’ll give us just a little glimpse of him in the next trailer.

So, what do you think? Are you excited for “Rogue One”? What are you most looking forward to about it?

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18 thoughts on “The Rebellion strikes back: Some quick thoughts on the first trailer for ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’

  1. Yes, absolutely!
    Th story of how th Death Star plans were nabbed in th 1st place has been on my wishlist for over 20 yrs, and this looks like it cld b what I’ve been waiting for.
    This trailer is great, Felicity Jones looks really cool, and I’m definitely hungry for more.
    Wld have written about this yesterday, but there’s still a lot we don’t know, and Dec is still a long way off
    Cheers!

  2. Visually the Rogue One teaser has a lot going for it. It’s also has a more intense vibe. I’m glad they didn’t choose to show Darth Vader in this teaser. It’s good to focus on the new lead and then later reveal Vader in another trailer. It’s also be cool if Donnie Yen is a Jedi but I like the idea of this rebel group not having force powers and since it takes place before A New Hope, leave it to Luke Skywalker to be the “return of the Jedi” as shown in the original trilogy. Great post!

    • Thanks! I think it would be kind of cool if Donnie Yen is a Jedi, but nobody knows it. He’s been trying to hide his Force powers ever since Emperor Palpatine’s Order 66. And as much as I wanted to see Darth Vader in this trailer, I think it’s smart to hold off, and so it will be even more exciting when he does appear.

  3. It could still have a happy-ish ending. If the plot is that they’re going to steal the plans to the Death Star, we know that they get it and hand it off to the princess. A modicum of success.

  4. The trailer looked awesome. I loved the different take on the classic Star Wars theme and just the music in general. Felicity Jones looks cool. The AT-AT’s promised a big battle and really support what Gareth Edwards said about it: that this is a war movie. All in all, looks fantastic

  5. Dare I say, this trailer has me even more excited than The Force Awakens one did. The look and tone seems very solemn, and I sense the film will do a wonderful job of expanding the Star Wars series outside of the woes of the Skywalker clan. Hopefully, another spectacular Christmas present for us all to enjoy.

    • Agreed! It’s Star Wars on the big screen in a way we’ve never seen it before. I think it will be a little darker and grittier than the main series of films. I like that it’s featuring all-new characters, though I really, really hope we’ll get to see Darth Vader in action.

      • I don’t doubt we’ll see Darth Vader, the film is set at a time when he’d be a very prominent figure in the galaxy, and they’ll surely capitalise on that. I’d go as far as to predict that we’ll get a tease of him in the full trailer. If that isn’t enough to break the Internet, then it’ll be enough to give I serious strain. 🙂

      • They’ll tease us with his signature heavy breathing – then BAM!! Full shot of Vader with ignited lightsaber, ready to kick some rebel scum ass.

  6. I’m agree with this article. If last year, star wars the force awakens I was somewhat disappointed at rogue one I was very impressed about all action and characters. A very good article..good job!

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