Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the better part of the a year, you’ll be well aware that the new Star Wars trilogy which kicked off last year with The Force Awakens isn’t the only way you’ll be able to get your intergalactic franchise fix each year, as Disney are also releasing a series of shared-universe spin-offs under the banner of the Star Wars Stories. The first of these, Rogue One, arrived this December, and its first trailer has just been released!
Set just before A New Hope, Rogue One centres around a group of valiant freedom fighters working for the Rebel Alliance, who are tasked with stealing the plans to the newly-created Death Star, which are eventually given to Princess Leia and subsequently stolen in A New Hope‘s opening act.
Conceptually, Rogue One sounds absolutely fantastic, and from the look of today’s trailer, a Star Wars film could – yet again – be the film of the year a second year running. It looks like there’s going to be something for all types of Star Wars fans, from the die-hards to the casual watchers, if the trailer’s anything to go by. Back are the AT-ATs first seen in The Empire Strikes Back, as well as the orange Rebel Alliance jumpsuits and the iconic corridors of the Death Star, as well as a plethora of gorgeous new planets and characters.
The main protagonist is the mysterious Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), who seems to be this film’s Ray – indeed the physical similarities between the two characters haven’t been lost on some bloggers – and she’s backed up by a great supporting cast in Hannibal‘s Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen (who’s seen kicking serious Stormtrooper butt in the trailer) and Forest Whitaker, amongst others. Little is currently know about the role of all the characters, and even the majority of their names is still under wraps, but it’s a wide-ranging and well-established roster of names, so I’ve got no doubt they’ll bring their own brand of iconic performances to the Star Wars saga – even if there doesn’t look to be any Lightsabers in sight!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits cinemas this December, the 16th to be precise (that’s just one day later than Star Wars: Episode VIII is set be released in 2017), so we won’t have to wait much longer to get back to the Star Wars universe.