Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's trailer hit during the Rio Olympics on August 11, possibly outshining the athletic event with its promise of more Star Wars. It starts out with Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) being questioned as someone asks if she can be trusted with her shackles off.
It's unknown what Jones' role (Jyn) will have to do with the prequel explaining how the rebel alliance stole the plans for the Death Star, but it seems to be promising a relatively new story. This was the issue many fans had with The Force Awakens, as they felt it was a re-telling of the very first film in the series. Rogue One appears to be taking on a fresher story this time, as it seems a war is brewing over the planet of Jedha, which happens to be where the crystals that power lightsabers are mined.
Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) seems older than he was in the previous trailer, possibly reflecting his status as a combat veteran in the war over crystals on Jedha. It may be that Jyn will attempt to convince him to join her in the rebellion's plans.
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One scene in the Star Wars Rogue One trailer shows the focus dish being fit in place, meaning there is a definite countdown before the space station is expected to test it out. Of course, anyone who's seen A New Hope knows that Alderaan, the home of Leia's adopted parents, is its first target. Later in the trailer, we get confirmation that time is getting close before the Death Star is ready.
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Diego Luna's Captain Cassian Andor could be easily mistaken for being Han Solo since he pilots what appears to be a ship similar to the Millennium Falcon.
Donnie Yen plays the blind warrior Chirrut Imwe, who alludes to the Force as his guide as he cuts down a crowd of stormtroopers with a bo staff. Remember when Luke was being taught to use the Force against a training droid? Chirrut was probably the inspiration for forcing him to do it blind.
This time, a droid is playing a character similar to John Boyega's Finn. K-2SO bears an Imperial logo on its arm, which indicates he's chosen to follow the rebellion. The droid is a towering and temporary replacement for C-3PO in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Bohdi Rook (Riz Ahmed) is another character who appears to have turned against the Empire, as he bears the same logo as K-2SO. The question is why they are still wearing Imperial logos if they're part of the rebellion. Perhaps it's a ruse to get past Imperial guards?There is a scene later in the Star Wars Rogue One trailer where rebels are retreating from the battle, and it seems Imperial stormtroopers' aim is dependable as ever, as none of them are hit. After this, it's made obvious that there are more kinds of firepower than Death Star rays and blaster bolts, as a man is shown holding what appears to be a bazooka or possibly some kind of trajectory weapon.
At the very end, almost as an afterthought, we finally see – and hear – Darth Vader once more. It's unknown if he's finally stopped whining and embraced his position as a Sith Lord, but with James Earl Jones behind the microphone, the chances are higher that he'll inspire terror once again.
Noticeably gone are the original droids (C-3PO and R2-D2), possibly because they're still property of Anakin Skywalker and the Death Star plans have yet to reach Leia. Observant fans will also wonder where the Bothans are in the Star Wars Rogue One trailer. Many of them died in this very scheme.
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