The second official trailer for Disney and Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit the web this morning and it’s intense.
The trailer is packed with details and those of us who were hoping for a little more backstory for the first standalone Star Wars film finally got our wish. We delve into Jyn Erso’s past and at last, see the catalyst of the film – the long-missing Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) – after he was briefly alluded to in previous trailers.
We learn that Galen helped the Empire build the Death Star, more than likely under duress as he tells a young Jyn “Whatever I do, I do it to protect you.” With that, Orson Krennic shows up to the Erso homestead with six Death Troopers in tow, which doesn’t bode well for Galen.
The trailer gives us a few more shots of Darth Vader, including the one from the behind-the-scenes reel. And a new scene where Krennic pontificates on the power of the Ultimate Weapon to the Dark Lord of the Sith. If there is anyone you don’t need to explain the power of the Death Star to it’s Vader (unless you don’t mind getting Force-choked)!
From early rumors, we heard that Rogue One was supposed to be a heist film but this trailer shows the movie is more aligned to how Director Gareth Edwards originally described it – Saving Private Ryan in the Star Wars universe.
To that end, we get explosive combat scenes: There’s an AT-ST blowing stuff up, AT-ACTs stomping around in the jungle, and some X-wings getting into the action.
Edwards announced the trailer yesterday on The Star Wars Show, where he also unveiled the official theatrical poster. The poster shows off the main cast and has the look and feel of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to arrive in theaters on December 16th, 2016.
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