Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just had its world premiere (to mostly positive fan reception), which means that the first spin-off Star Wars created by Disney is extremely close to its theatrical release. Fans have seen plenty of clips and photos over the past few weeks in an effort to build even more excitement for the standalone film – the first of several planned for the franchise. Box office projections seem to suggest that the effort is not in vain, and all signs point to Rogue One being yet another huge success for Disney.
Naturally, Disney isn’t taking chances with its pet project (which apparently will connect to the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII somehow), and it was only natural to assume the company would continue to market the film has heavily as possible. Sure enough, with Rogue One now less than a week away from release, Disney has released new material for fans to obsess over in the form of a short clip from the film.
The clip shows the daring rescue of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) from what the Galactic Empire and its enforcers. However, Erso quickly turns on her rescuers and attempts to flee before being stopped by droid K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) in an aggressive manner. “Congratulations, you have been rescued,” the droid says to the stunned Erso, before kindly and ironically asking her not to resist.
The clip showcases the classical Star Wars feel, especially with its score, while also highlighting the war movie aspect that director Gareth Edwards seemed to be going for. Rogue One is setting Jyn and her compatriots up in a key role within Star Wars canon, as the Rebel team that manages to steal the plans for the Death Star and kick off the events of A New Hope… though that victory may come at a great cost. After all, producer Kathleen Kennedy has said that it’s unlikely that we’ll see any of these characters again.
Some fans may still be hesitant over Rogue One, fearing that it won’t fit in with the rest of the Star Wars canon or that the film will try to retcon events leading into Star Wars IV: A New Hope (Rogue One takes place shortly before the events in that film). If the aforementioned positive reception to the film continues to gain traction and eventually leads to positive critical reception, however, it could help to alleviate some of that concern. Either way, fans will have a definitive answer soon when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story moves into theaters.