Final ‘Rogue One’ trailer gives us a new hope
For months, we’ve been clamoring for more details about “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” The previous trailer and teasers gave us a brief, grim glimpse into the rebels’ mission, but very little of the plot was revealed. That all changed Thursday with the release of the second — and final — trailer ahead of the film’s Dec. 16 release.
“Rogue One” is a standalone installment set just prior to 1977’s “Star Wars IV: A New Hope.” Attendees at this summer’s Star Wars Celebration were privy to some of the footage, but the scenes were a surprise to most of us.
It opens with a flashback to a young Jyn Erso being assured by her father, Galen (Mads Mikkelsen) that his only motivation in life is her well-being.
“Jyn, whatever I do, I do it to protect you,” he tells he before he faces off in a field with Imperial Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelssohn) and his squad of Death Troopers. It can only be assumed he is forcibly “recruited” by the Empire as Jyn cowers in the brush.
Adult Jyn (Felicity Jones) startles awake in a prison cell, where she is soon rescued by a band of Alliance soldiers, led by Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna.) They are the only resistance left to push back against the Empire and think Jyn may be able to help them. Curious to know when the last time she was in contact with her father, they reveal that it appears Galen was critical in development of a new Imperial super weapon. A hologram blueprint of the Death Star then floats onscreen.
“If my father built this thing, we need to find him,” Jyn responds.
From there, Jyn and a rebel force embark on two missions — to secure plans for the Death Star and find Galen Erso. The odds against them are astronomical and as Krennic tells Darth Vader (at 1:15 in the trailer), the power the Death Star will wield is “immeasurable.” Despite the almost impossible task that lies ahead of them, Jyn rallies the group.
“We have hope. Rebellions are built on hope.”
The trailer packs plenty of epic battle scenes, AT-ATs walking about and laser-equipped crossbows. We also see the rebels don Imperial duds to gain entry to a base, presumably searching for the weapon plans. Toward the end of the trailer, Darth Vader (once again voiced by James Earl Jones) walks briskly toward Krennic, possibly when he discovers the plans have been taken.
We ultimately know the rebels succeed and the plans are successfully delivered via R2-D2, but at what cost to this band of rebels? It’s clear they’re willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good and do anything to stop the Empire. Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker), a battle-worn veteran of the Clone Wars, expresses this perfectly with this rallying cry at the end of the trailer.
“Save the Rebellion! Save the dream!”
“Rogue One” was directed by Gareth Edwards and hits theaters Dec. 16. Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Genevieve O’Reilly, Jimmy Smits and Riz Ahmed also star.