Lucasfilm and Disney have unveiled the second trailer for their highly anticipated upcoming film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been on our radar for quite some time, and although the name has changed somewhat, the core story ideas that director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and co. were asked to bring to the big screen remain in tact and have shone through very clearly in the film’s promotional material thus far.
I’m sure most of you know what the film is about by now, but if you’ve been hiding out on the planet Jakku the last few months, Rogue One is a Star Wars spinoff, or anthology movie, as Lucasfilm originally called it, of which the story takes place between the events of Episode III (Revenge of the Sith) and Episode IV (A New Hope), when a group of rebel fighters are tasked with stealing the plans for the infamous Death Star. Rogue One‘s story is simple and smaller in scale than its predecessors (we’ll refer to them as the main saga), which is part of the idea behind these Star Wars Story films, to be one-off concise tales that fill in the timeline gaps between each episode of the main saga.
And yet, from the latest trailer we get quite the opposite impression. Rogue One doesn’t seem smaller in scale, but, rather, larger. Showing numerous glimpses of huge battle sequences and wide angle shots of spectacular landscapes, the new footage makes the film look the most epic of all, and arguably even more exciting than The Force Awakens.
Felicity Jones stars as Rebel Alliance recruit Jyn Erso alongside Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, Donnie Yen as Chirrut and Wen Jiang as Baze Malbus who are each highlighted in the new trailer, providing new information as to their reasons for joining the fight. We also get to see Alan Tudyk’s K-2SO, the droid with the dry sense of humour, for the first time, and, of course, the reveal of the Galaxy’s most feared Sith Lord Darth Vader.
It wasn’t too long ago that we were hearing reports of ‘extensive’ reshoots on Rogue One, with some news outlets speculating that around 40% of the movie was being redone, but from what Lucasfilm has shown here we can’t see that being the case. Reshoots are a standard part of most film schedules, but a project that needs that amount of extra filming wouldn’t be able to meet a December release date, which doesn’t appear to be what’s happening here.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story flies into theatres December 16th.