When Disney purchased Lucasfilm and announced a new future for the Star Wars franchise, fans had no idea as to the amount expansion the cinematic universe was about to undergo, and not only in the “saga” stories either (Star Wars I – VII). There was a plan to produce “side stories” that could flesh out the universe in ways that, up until now, had only been done in the novels.
Now that has changed.
The first of the standalone films to be released is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and we have the trailer here!
Up until now, the Star Wars films have told a linear story (albeit not always in a linear order), following the Skywalker family from Anakin’s childhood in The Phantom Menace through Luke’s self-imposed exile in The Force Awakens. Rogue One marks the very first standalone feature set within the Star Wars universe. Unlike the Saga films, Rogue One won’t revolve around the Jedi or the Force. It’ll also exist in a “gray” area, in contrast to the more black-and-white (or rather, light-and-dark) morality of the other films.
Rogue One promises to finally reveal the story Star Wars fans have wondered about since they first set eyes on the opening crawl of A New Hope:
Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.
Gareth Edwards directed Rogue One, which features an impressive international ensemble cast including Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Jonathan Aris.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story lands in theaters December 16.
What do you think of the trailer? Do you like the different tone that this trailer is taking, or would you rather it blend in more with the “saga” films we have so far?
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