Disney has released a new trailer, entitled “Trust,” ahead of the debut of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as fans anxiously count down the remaining few weeks before the first official spin-off film hits theaters.
The trailer, like many of the others recently released in the lead up to Rogue One, mixes footage that fans have already seen with a handful of new and noteworthy shots. As The Verge points out, this particular clip suggests that Alan Tudyk’s reprogrammed security droid, K-2SO, will provide a major share of the film’s comic relief. The trailer features several new scenes featuring the droid, as he both offers his assistance to Jyn Erso (because “The captain said I had to”), before explosively dealing with a group of Imperial stormtroopers, as USA Today notes.
That comic relief will be well needed in Rogue One, which has already been described as the darkest Star Wars film ever produced. The story takes place directly before the events of A New Hope, at a time when the Empire is nearing the height of its power and the looming construction of the Death Star signals that the Rebels face their most perilous hour. Iconic villain Darth Vader is set to appear in the film, and he is shown briefly in the trailer, though only in a quick shot that fans have already seen.
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Vader’s rival in the film, Imperial Director Krennic (portrayed by Ben Mendelsohn), has a few lines in the trailer, which highlight his obsession with completing the Death Star project. Krennic’s character and history with Jyn Erso’s family was explored in the tie-in novel Catalyst, which was released earlier this month, as the Inquisitr previously reported. A prequel to Rogue One, the book revealed Krennic to be a ruthless Imperial agent, ascending the upper reaches of the Empire’s hierarchy by shepherding the Death Star towards completion.
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The rest of the trailer showcases some of the action scenes that fans can look forward to in Rogue One, including a battle that features a new form of Imperial AT-AT (the AT-ACT, or All Terrain Armored Cargo Transport). Although this scene has been heavily utilized for each of the previous trailers (as it looks to be a centerpiece of the film), Trust revealed to fans that they will see the Rebels engage the walkers with X-wings for the first time. Those same starfighters also feature in a space-based dogfight, attacking an as-yet-unidentified station while the Rebel fleet can be briefly seen hovering in the background.
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Tickets for Rogue One go on sale on Monday, November 28, and early projections suggest that the film is on track for a massive opening, in keeping with the popularity of the Star Wars franchise. Disney does not expect Rogue One to pull in the same amount of money as The Force Awakens, which brought the franchise back to theaters a year ago after a decade-long hiatus, but it is expected to be a hit for the studio nevertheless.
The popularity of Rogue One will also largely be seen as an indication of fan interest in the series of spin-off films, collectively called Star Wars Stories, that Disney has planned for the future of the franchise. A new Star Wars film is planned for every year between now and 2020, and while the future beyond that is uncertain, Rogue One will set that new series in motion when it hits theaters on December 16.
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