Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first spin-off Star Wars movie has its first trailer.

Rogue One stars Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso and the film follows the Rebel Alliance as they try to steal the plans for the Empire’s Death Star, taking place between Episodes III and IV.

You can check out the teaser trailer below and continue scrolling for an analysis of the trailer:


There’s quite a few interesting shots and teases in the trailer so let’s take a look:

  • 0.12 – Our first look at Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso who appears to have been taken captive by the Rebel Alliance
  • 0.17 – Erso appears to have been taken captive on Yavin 4, the headquarters of the Rebel Alliance. The scene is reminiscent of Episode IV: A New Hope with various people moving around in classic rebel uniforms and an X-wing stationary in the background.
  • 0.24 – The character of Mon Mothma, a politician turned revolutionary leader, returns to the Star Wars universe with Genevieve O’Reilly reprising the role after first appearing in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
  • 0.26 – Our first look at Diego Luna who is clearly playing a rebel who is at the time of writing unannounced.
  • 0.30 – Erso showing she can handle herself against Stormtroopers while she also appears to be accompanied by a robot of some kind.
  • 0.50 – A cool shot of the construction of the first Death Star.
  • 1.00 – A better shot of the rebel base on Yavin 4.
  • 1.02 – Our first look at Ben Mendelsohn who is playing an Imperial leader of some kind and looks to be one of the main antagonists in the film.
  • 1.05 – A shot of some Stormtroopers who are wearing their classic outfits from the original trilogy unlike in Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
  • 1.07 – Our first look at Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, who appears to be wearing some kind of power/battle armour.
  • 1.14 – Our first look at Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen who appears to be playing a blind person in the film as he attacks Stormtroopers with a stick.
  • 1.18 – Perhaps the most intriguing shot of the trailer shows a cloaked figure kneeling before what looks like a bacta tank of some kind. The tank is flanked by two of the Emperor’s Royal Guard suggesting the Emperor is in the room. Some have speculated that Snoke from Episode VII: The Force Awakens is in the tank however it’s all just speculation for now.
  • 1.20 – Our first look at Wen Jiang, a Chinese actor and director.
  • 1.24 – A cool shot of AT-AT’s on the surface of a tropical planet.
  • 1.29 – A final shot of Jyn Erso in an Imperial outfit of some kind.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is being directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla and Monsters) and is written by Chris Weitz, John Knoll and Gary Whitta.

The film is scheduled for release on December 2016, in the meantime though you can check out my review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and you can also read about the performance that earned Felicity Jones a nomination for an Academy Award in my review of The Theory of Everything.

What do you think of the trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Are you excited for the first Star Wars spin-off film?

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