Following the long awaited release of the first teaser trailer for the upcoming spinoff Star Wars: Rogue One, from director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), fan anticipation for the new Star Wars Anthology film has predictably exploded the world over. After months of tantalizing peeks behind the curtain, viewers can now begin analyzing the first batch of footage, which features a host of classic characters, plot settings, and featured locales.

Edwards has quite the task ahead of him if he hopes to live up to the promise of the original Star Wars film from 1977, a thematic and aesthetic task which at least one fan on the Internet already sees signs of the director accomplishing, as evidenced by a recent mashup edit of the first Rogue One trailer published online.

The mashup trailer featured above, from YouTube user and all-around Star Wars super-fan Nick Skywalker, implements key elements, scenes, and sound effects from the larger science-fiction franchise canon, most notably including voice-over clips and images from A New Hope to draw attention to intimated and explicit ties to the original trilogy. By juxtaposing image of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) against the ever iconic Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), as well as playing clips of James Earl Jones over images of his iconic character Darth Vader, this latest bit of fan service offers plenty of reasons to look forward to Rogue One.

After the official teaser trailer dropped online yesterday morning (see above), Star Wars  fans continue to articulate their own personal theories about such stunningly introduced characters such as Jyn, what appears to be a much younger, albeit no less menacing, Grand Moff Tarkin, and Oscar winning actor Forrest Whitaker’s enigmatic rogue warrior. As an example of said analysis and effervescent fervor, Nick Skywalker’s mashup trailer for the new movie should only serve to stoke the proverbial fires more as fan speculation continues to grow.

With the theatrical release of Edwards’ Rogue One still many months away, Star Wars fans the world over will have to hedge their bets on what elements of the larger universe will come into play in the forthcoming Anthology feature. That being said, the above mashup trailer should serve as further encouragement to Edwards and company that the fans have begun to see overt and suggested ties to A New Hope in what is shaping up to be a thrilling and historic entry within the larger motion picture franchise.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will see theatrical release in the U.S. on December 16th, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15th, 2017; the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018; Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019; and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.

Source: Nick Skywalker

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