The first official trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One is here, and it looks like the Rebel Alliance have one hell of fight ahead of them. Today we’re counting down our five favourite moments from the new trailer:
5. “A major weapons test is imminent, and we need to know what it is and how to destroy it.”
The newly constructed Death Star makes a very big appearance in the trailer, and its mystery is of great importance to the Rebel Alliance. The reveal is thoroughly epic, and we can just sense the excitement that must have come over director Gareth Edwards when he knew that he was going to bring this iconic setting back to the big screen.
4. The Rebel Alliance
The teaser thrusts audiences into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance from the very first frame, and the visuals that we were treated to were simply fantastic. The ‘used future’ vibe of Lucas’ original trilogy has been readily taken on by Edwards and his crew, and there appears to be a hard edge to this first anthology film. Edwards also makes out very quickly that this is indeed a straight-up war movie, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Although he’s so far unnamed, Diego Luna cuts a very charismatic figure as a Rebel Alliance fighter, and we can’t wait to learn more about him in future trailers.
3. Ben Mendelsohn – Field Commander
We were hoping for a film that would not bring in new Sith elements to the saga (except for Darth Vader and the Emporer of course), and it appears we’ll get our wish with Ben Mendelsohn striking a fearsome figure as a high ranking Galatic Empire General. His distinctive white field uniform also makes for a visually unique character, and begs the question, does he rank higher than Grand Moff Tarkin? We’ll have to wait and see.
2. “What will you do when they catch you? What will you do when they break you? If you continue to fight…..what will you become?”
A dire warning is offered in the teaser for Rogue One, and it is one of serious consequences for our would be freedom fighters, who’ll face extraordinary odds in order to steal the Death Star plans. Rogue One is going to be an action spectacle, and there’s plenty of it in the first teaser….not to mention the possibility that we’ll see a detailed infiltration attack within the Death Star itself.
1. Jyn Erso
There’s a new heroine in the Star Wars universe, her name’s Jyn Erso, and she kicks some serious ass! Felicity Jones had us gripped from the moment she entered the trailer as the street smart, rough and tumble Erso, who’s clearly capable of handling herself in a fight. Jones really plays up Jyn’s rule breaker attitude, and we can’t wait to see her in successive trailers, and how this self-proclaimed ‘rebel’ will take the fight to the Empire.
Star Wars: Rogue One is going to be an unmissable event film when it comes out on December 15 in Australia and New Zealand and December 16 in the US and UK.