This 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?