Star Wars fans have a lot to look forward to this week, as the highly-anticipated second trailer for this December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will premiere on August 11 during NBC's coverage of the Rio Olympics. Lucasfilm has been getting the hype train rolling by releasing brief teaser videos that offer glimpses of the new footage to be shown. Additionally, more details about Rogue One's locations and new characters have been revealed, hinting at strong amounts of substance to complement the genre thrills.
With just over four months to go until the film's release (as of this writing), there's no better time for the studio to start ramping up awareness for Rogue One. As part of the next stage of marketing, an official synopsis has been revealed, basically reaffirming what has already been said about the narrative. The Rebel Alliance is going after the original Death Star plans.
You can read Disney's Rogue One summary below (hat tip Stitch Kingdom):
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.
For those who have been following Rogue One's development from the beginning, there isn't much (if any) new information to be gleaned from here. The phrasing of "ordinary people" plays into Gareth Edwards' assertion that there are no Jedi available to come to the aid of the Rebels. Though the Force still has an integral part to play (the new planet Jedha is basically the mecca of the galaxy), the number of actual Force users in Rogue One will be limited. Darth Vader is easily the most prominent one, serving as the looming threat the heroes will have to deal with.
Lucasfilm is entering a critical time of Rogue One promotion. The teaser trailer from the spring and this synopsis both make reference to the Death Star, but there are still some casual viewers who are unsure of where in the franchise timeline the movie is set. The spinoff is technically the "next" Star Wars installment in terms of release date, but the events take place 34 years before The Force Awakens. By the time December rolls around, this probably won't be that great of an issue, but there is pressure on the studio to put together another killer marketing campaign that not only gets moviegoers hooked on the war drama tone, but also conveys Rogue One's status as a prequel.
Of course, there's one element that should help immensely in this regard: Darth Vader. Attendees at Star Wars Celebration 2016 were treated to a sizzle reel that showed the Dark Lord at the very end, and it's widely expected the character will appear in some capacity during the new trailer. Lucasfilm should push Vader heavily as the release date gets closer, and that will only get more people excited. It's a thrilling time to be a fan of the galaxy far, far away, and right now, Rogue One looks like it will deliver a captivating experience.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens 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.
Source: Stitch Kingdom