‘Star Wars’ spinoff ‘Rogue One’ teaser trailer arrives

UPDATE (4/7): As promised, here is the first teaser trailer for Rogue One! It debuted on Good Morning America this morning, and it packs quite the punch even for a one-minute forty-second tease. John Williams’ iconic score has a new edge here, blending his classic keys with something entirely new. It introduces Felicity Jones’ character, who we now know is named Jyn Erso. “This is a rebellion, isn’t it? I rebel,” she says and just like that she immediately wins the hearts of Star Wars fans everywhere. Ben Mendelsohn looks to be channeling his inner evil he commands so well (see Bloodline) as an Imperial villain, and Forest Whitaker comes to Jyn’s aid in stealing the Death Star plans with a warning: “If you continue to fight, what will you become?” Also, be on the lookout for exciting callbacks to the original trilogy; Mon Mothma and the AT-ATs are back, and is that The Emperor underneath a black robe? Enjoy!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theatres December 16, 2016. The initial teaser for the teaser has been moved under the fold.

PREVIOUS (4/6): Yes, it’s a teaser for a teaser but… STAR WARS! Tomorrow Disney drops the first official teaser trailer for the Star Wars spinoff movie, Rogue One. To get your blood pumping, the studio’s released this 10-second teaser of the teaser and even it cannot disappoint. You’ll hear TIE Fighters whizzing, you’ll catch a glimpse of a stormtrooper dressed in all-black armor, and that’s pretty much it! Just enough to raise the hairs on every Star Wars fanboy and fangirl out there who are surely still high off The Force Awakens. Be sure to check back here Thursday morning for the full teaser.

So here’s what we know so far about Rogue One.

First of all, some new information: we have an official title and it is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And now the rest: Rogue One is a spinoff prequel film since it takes place before the events of A New Hope (and after Revenge of the Sith). The official logline to date reads, “A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans.” It sure sounds like this movie will directly lead into the adventures laid out in Episodes IV-VI. It’s directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and it will play like a gritty war movie but still bleed Star Wars.

“It’s the reality of war. Good guys are bad. Bad guys are good. It’s complicated, layered; a very rich scenario in which to set a movie,” Edwards told fans at Star Wars Celebration last April. “It comes down to a group of individuals who don’t have magical powers that have to somehow bring hope to the galaxy.” Edwards went on to cite Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down as inspirations. He reminded the crowd, “It’s called Star … Wars.”

Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm elaborated, “[Rogue One] goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know.”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, starring Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline), Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen (Let the Bullets Fly, Devils on the Doorstep), Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The ButlerThe Last King of Scotland), Mads Mikkelsen (The HuntCasino RoyaleHannibal), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler), and Alan Tudyk (Firefly), comes to theatres December 16, 2016.

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