This morning, we got the first teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The movie is set just before Star Wars: A New Hope and centers on the group who first stole the Death Star plans and made everything else possible.
It is a full minute and a half–not bad, for a teaser trailer–and focuses on Jyn Erso, who may or may not be the “Rogue One” of the title (there is supposed to be a group here, after all). We learn very little about her, past the fact that she is that useful plot device, an orphan, and is both rebellious and smart-mouthed. A minute-and-a-half doesn’t do much for character development, so I’m going to assume there is more to her character than that.
There are at least a few familiar characters around–Mon Mothma, played by Genevieve O’Reill who is enough like Caroline Blakiston in the role. Can we get a movie about her, please? As the adult leader of the Rebellion (or part of it). There is also a quick look at what is probably General Tarkin standing there.
Rounding it off is a tough, black soldier and a harsh-voiced narrator who may or may not be the same thing, saying something ominous the way people change during war. That part is pretty much trailer-typical.
Playing behind this is a wistful, quiet version of the theme we all know so well, which makes me want very much to love Rogue One.
Below the trailer is a batch of stills for everyone to analyze.
Among the cast arFelicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Forest Whitaker. Gareth Edwards is directing, Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel are producing, and John Knoll and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers. John Schwartz and Kiri Hart are co-producing.