Trailer: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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We just live in this world now. A world in which we’ll be getting a new Star Wars trailer about every four months or so. And I think most of us are fine with that. Perhaps the most exciting thing for fans with this awakening of The Force (that is capitalized is it not?), is the names of the directors being asked to help guide the projects. We’re finally going into some (hopefully) new directions, creatively speaking, with the series in names like Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) and Phil Lord & Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street) taking the helm.

Also for the first time, we’re getting major studio versions of what we might call “spin-offs” from the series. It’s the same universe and larger over-arcing story, but new characters and personal stories that fit into the battle of dark vs. light that don’t necessarily revolve around the Skywalker lineage. Case in point, 2016’s Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla); cashing in on his ability to work with Kaiju in favor of All-Terrain Armored Transports.

Rogue One casts a whole slew of recognizable names including Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna and more! This international cast brings more than just interesting faces, it brings some newer ideas to the table as well such as old school martial arts.

As glossy as portions of this trailer are, it hints at a darker look at Star Wars as well; a grittiness if you will. I hope to see that sort of creative look and feel to the Star Wars universe over the next few years. When churning out a new Star Wars film every year for the foreseeable future, there is certainly a risk of going into the Marvel (i.e. “vanilla”) territory. Hopefully, these names will be allowed to be a little bit more creative as time goes on. I think this trailer does flirt with that notion just a bit.

Ladies and Gentlemen… Rogue One: A Star Wars Story…

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Kurt Halfyard
Admin

BEN MENDELSOHN —> I’m SOLD by that single solitary pose, that somehow is simultaneously Fan-Film and Canonical at the same time. I love this actor in just about anything. And Forrest Whitaker is also bringing some class to the proceedings. And Donnie Yen: I hope he gets more to do than he did in his his last attempt to cross over into Hollywood films, BLADE II or SHANGHAI KNIGHTS.

Andrew James
Guest

Yeah Forest Whitaker doing the “Book of Eli” thing. Donnie Yen with a regular sword; not a laser sword. Liking what I see.

Voncaster
Guest

Looks good.

Is this a one off movie that describes how the Death Star plans are retrieved or is this a trilogy of how the Death Star plans are retrieved?

Jonathan
Guest

Yeah… I totally had written these spin-offs off.. but this looks awesome. And yeah, Vader is TOTALLY going to be in this, we all know that right? Whatever the case, unreasonably looking forward to this.

David Brook
Admin

I rarely go all fan-boy on the comments section, but this trailer got me extremely excited. It was never going to take much to sell a new Star Wars film to me, but this looks exactly what I want to see from a spin off – an action movie vibe, new characters but linked in to the original story and plenty of fan service. Awesome.

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