‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’: Death Star Fires In International Trailer 2 — Did ‘Episode 8’ Director Push Destruct Button?

The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story international trailer No. 2 debuted yesterday in Japan, and it looks like the Death Star may be firing its weapon in the movie. New footage in the overseas trailer revealed more of Darth Vader, Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones), and her team of rebels, as well as a mysterious crystal necklace given to a young Jyn.

The Rogue One trailer seems to show more to the storyline and a closer look at what seems to be cataclysmic activity triggered by the Death Star. Star Wars: A New Hope only showed the instant destruction of a planet, but the anthology movie’s wave of destruction visuals focused in on the churning and grumbling foundation of a planet going through the anatomy of its destruction, according to ComicBook.com.

Just think of the small plane attempting to escape California during “the big one” in Roland Emmerich’s 2012 flick starring John Cusack.

The Rogue One international trailer seems to show some indicators of temples collapsing in the trailer, which could indicate the target being the planet Jedha, the nexus of the Jedi or Force-focused world. Those who aren’t Jedi but still believe in the force also gather at this planet. It would make sense that the Death Star and the powers that be would choose this area of space as a strategic move to weaken their enemy.

In this moment, who among the Jedi or those with the Force heard millions cry out and then silenced in this moment?

Previous footage shows a sizable Jedi statue laying in the desert, so there are other clues leading to speculative thoughts that this could be the planet in question facing its imminent destruction in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Another interesting tidbit of information is a cameo appearance to be made by Star Wars 8 director Rian Johnson. The director swapped movie cameos with directing roles opposite the two franchise films with Rogue One’s Gareth Edwards.

Back in July, Johnson may have spoiled something when it came to his role in the Rogue One movie, according to ComicBook.com.

“We’re each one of the guys in the firing chamber of the Death Star.”

Rian, along with his assistant, further mentioned “pulling the lever.” Does mean the director of Episode 8 will be doing the honors in destroying what could be the Jedi planet Jedha? If it’s true, it sounds like a pretty exciting prospect for Johnson.

Edwards’ cameo in Rian’s Star Wars 8 movie was said to be “less momentous,” as he plays a tech or a member of a small community. They didn’t go into detail about his role for fear of spoiling a plot point from the movie that will arrive around a year and a half from now. Although the role may sound insignificant, it seems prominent enough to spoil that story point, right?

Star Wars fans will probably indeed be excited about Rogue One as it spins off from the opening crawl seen from A New Hope. The movie is about a band of rebels, as seen in the trailer, to have obtained the plans to find the chink in the Death Star’s armor. What kind of lives will be lost in this mission? This situation is not to be confused with the Bothans who died for the second Death Star.

Apparently, there had been quite a few jokes going around the internet citing Mon Mothma’s quote, “Many Bothans died to bring us this information.” So there was some confusion, and according to io9, no Bothans will be dying in this anthology movie. However, what alien races will sacrifice themselves for the greater good?


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story debuts on December 16. The international trailer was also just released.

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