A fuller picture of Lucasfilm's first anthology picture, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is finally coming together. Between Star Wars Celebration and San Diego Comic-Con, new details and characters have come to light. Fans now know not to expect certain things from the new film, including Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han Solo (nor Harrison Ford’s old Han Solo) or Hayden Christensen’s Darth Vader. On the other hand, fans can look forward to other old favorites like Darth Vader and Bail Organa, Star Wars: The Clone Wars crossover characters such as Saw Gerrera, and a handful of exciting new aliens.
With more details slowly emerging from Lucasfilm, the upcoming Rogue One is starting to feel less like a concept and more like an event. After the excitement following the first trailer in April and the sizzle real at Celebration, Disney unleashed its first TV spot today.
While not revealing much more than the first teasers and sizzle real, the initial TV spot (watch it above) adds an element of 'this is really happening' to the feature. The brand new clip begins with Felicity Jones' reluctant rebel Jyn Erso and her now-ubiquitous words, “This is a rebellion, isn’t it? I rebel.” Included are some action-packed shots of Rebellion and Imperial forces mobilizing from the first trailer. Also interspersed throughout the clips, including Forest Whitaker’s Gerrera, the menacing deathtrooper, and the mysterious, bowing (presumably) dark side user kneeling before a bacta tank, are the words “Hope begins with rebellion,” which tease the film's loose prequel status to Episode VI: A New Hope.
The television teaser might not break new ground, footage-wise, but it does offer a concise look at the most intriguing elements of the first Anthology film. A new batch of rebels (for the most part) face incredible odds on their virtual suicide mission to uncover the secrets of the Death Star. Aside from the crossover elements such as Vader, Gerrera, and Mon Mothma, audiences will thrill as newcomers like Jyn, Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen), and Bohdi Rook (Riz Ahmed) face off against the ominous Imperial overlord Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) and the numerous threats he levels at the rebels.
Rogue One is set to explore new territory for Lucasfilm and Star Wars in general as well. Directed by Gareth Edwards, the latest saga will be a test of the new standalone formula. Removing the overarching Skywalker family drama and the episodic format allows filmmakers like Edwards the freedom to explore side stories, but it also removes the recognizable elements. Clearly, Lucasfilm isn't betting on familiarity alone, since, aside from the menacing Death Star and the uniforms, the new trailer focuses more on the fresh-faced cast and the underlying menace of the film (the deathtroopers and mysterious cloaked enemy).
As the dog days of summer turn to autumnal weather, Disney and Lucasfilm will undoubtedly break out the big guns as far as Rogue One marketing goes. It will be interesting to see whom and what they focus on as December draws ever nearer, and whether more of the film's details or its heavily guarded plot will seep out, especially since at least one more trailer will likely be unreeled in the not-too-distant future.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in 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: Disney (via Comic Book)