After the original trilogy of Star Wars movies and the subsequent prequel trilogy, all helmed by franchise creator George Lucas, the series seemed to be complete – at least in terms of big screen continuations. But, Disney acquired Lucasfilm and revitalized the Star Wars franchise with Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Additionally, there are two more episodic installments planned, plus three anthology films, including this year’s release Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
As the first live-action Star Wars spinoff movie – with a storyline separate from the main Skywalker family saga – Rogue One will set the stage for the upcoming anthology films as well as cement the new new era in this massive blockbuster franchise. Now, while the first trailer for Rogue One generated largely positive buzz earlier this year, it seems the second trailer will soon be released.
According to a TV listing found by Making Star Wars [h/t Gizmodo] for the July 15th ABC special Secrets of the Force Awakens, a three-minute trailer for Rogue One will be included. The one-hour behind-the-scenes special will air at 8pm EST on ABC.
However, Secrets of the Force Awakens isn’t the only Star Wars event occurring on July 15; a panel for Rogue One will be held during Star Wars Celebration in London on that day, where many fans believe the second trailer for the anthology film will screen. Additionally, since the panel will be held at 4pm GMT (11am EST/8am PST), it’s possible the second trailer – if it is debuted at Celebration – could be released online prior to the ABC special.
Given that Rogue One hits theaters in December of this year, Disney has already begun the massive marketing push for the Star Wars spinoff. In addition to the trailer earlier this year, a recent barrage of information revealed plenty of new character information and confirmed Darth Vader will appear – not to mention the confirmation that a character from Star Wars: The Clone Wars will make the jump from animation to live-action.
Still, reports about the Rogue One reshoots have managed to dampen the buzz surrounding the film, so another trailer could go a long way to reassuring fans – and what better place than at Star Wars Celebration? In terms of whether we’ll see that trailer next week, it’s unconfirmed Disney and Lucasfilm will debut a new look at the movie on July 15. That said, considering both the Rogue One panel and the ABC special are planned for July 15, it seems likely we’ll be getting a new look at the Star Wars anthology film on that day.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.