The force is strong with this trailer. Disney delivered a surprise present for Star Wars fans Thursday with the release of the second trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Though the first trailer debuted in August, fans were skeptical. For one, the trailer exuded some very cryptic vibes. Coupled with the announcement that Disney had ordered late reshoots for the project, it was instilling some serious nerves in Disney’s first installment separate from the main Star Wars franchise.
But this trailer seems to assuage lots of those fears. The story is clearer: Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, will lead a ragtag platoon of rebels to infiltrate the Death Star. Why? Her father Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) was abducted by Imperial forces during Jyn’s childhood and he’s helped them build a weapon or tool of some kind—possibly the Death Star itself. So Jyn and her the Rebels aim to rescue him and stop the Imperials from amassing more power.
In other words, the thread lines are coming together now. A narrative with stakes has been placed on the table (hear that JJ Abrams?).
Plus some small reveals like Darth Vader apparently playing a larger role in the movie than previous envisioned. It won’t be a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo like, say, Luke Skywalker in The Force Awakens. We also know that Rogue One is a call sign, as stated by Riz Ahmed’s Bodie. It’s a winking nod to The Return of the Jedi when Han Solo and crew tries land on Endor, but must first give an “old” code to grant their clearance.
Near the end of the trailer, Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrerra delivers this line: “Save the rebellion! Save the dream!” Fans might feel this trailer did just that for the beloved Star Wars franchise.
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Posted By: Brendan Bures