Star Wars: Rogue One Teaser Trailer Analysis & Discussion

A closer look at the characters, vehicles, and other details revealed in the first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Star Wars: Rogue One Teaser Trailer Analysis

Just as Star Wars: The Force Awakens finishes its theatrical run and releases on home video, not two days went by before focus abruptly shifted towards the next Star Wars adventure. Coming again this December is another entry into the saga. Titled Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 2016's journey into a galaxy far, far away represents the first standalone spinoff movie in the franchise for Lucasfilm.

There's no Finn or Rey, or Poe Dameron and his lovable droid BB-8 in this adventure. For Rogue One, director Gareth Edwards is bringing moviegoers back to a time when the Empire hadn't lost either of their Death Stars and when Luke Skywalker was still a teenage farmer on Tatooine. The Rebellion is in its infancy and but they know the Empire has built something terrifying and need to find a way to stop it.

Rogue One follows that group of Rebel spies who risk everything to steal the plans of the original Death Star and we finally got a glimpse of these heroes and what they're up against in the first teaser trailer this morning. Let's take a closer look.

A Rebel Among Rebels

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Felicity Jones at the Rebel Base
Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

According to Imperial criminal records, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is a physically violent thief... perfect for recruitment into the Rebellion! Erso is the lead of the film but within her ragtag squad of resistance fighters and soon-to-be spies, she might be the muscle as well. Battling Stormtroopers with a baton in one hand, a blaster in the other, and later wielding two of each in different scenes, Jyn Erso is a soldier in every sense of the word.

The final shot of the teaser may make some question her loyalty, but fear not, there's no chance she enlists with the Empire. She's simply in disguise. It's a heist movie after all. But what, specifically, does the film's title "Rogue One" refer to?

As for who Jyn Erso is in the grander Star Wars universe, the over-zealous speculation began as soon as Felicity Jones was cast as the Rogue One's lead. Is she Rey's mom? Luke's eventual love interest? We're hopeful that it's none of the above because the Anthology movies are building out the larger universe, and connecting every character together in an intimate little family can make the universe feel too small as we discussed on today's Total Geekall podcast dedicated to this trailer.