“Imperial flags reign across the galaxy.” -Saw Gerrera
The much anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer has finally arrived. Debuting during the Olympics, the trailer has made its way online and continues to be one of the hottest trailers on the internet. With all of the rumors about the recent reshoots, this trailer should have quieted down those naysayers out there. The trailer gives you everything you need to know about the plot of the movie without giving anything major away.
Gareth Edwards’s Rogue One will tell the story about a group of Rebels facing off against the Empire to try and retrieve the Death Star plans. This trailer looked to establish the characters along with a succinct storyline and I believe it did just that. This film will be the first of the announced anthology movies and will look to continue to expand the Star Wars universe.
The trailer had many amazing visual shots to hype up the film even more. Allow me to describe each of these shots in more detail.
1. An Imperial Star Destroyer Looms Over A City
Never in the history of the Star Wars movies have we ever seen a Star Destroyer leave space itself and hover over a planet. Until now. This shot is one of my personal favorites in the trailer because it gives you a great sense of scale of how enormous this ship truly is.
This shot also serves to remind us how dangerous the Empire is and what they are willing to do to keep others from escaping. They wish to instill fear in their enemies as Grand Moff Tarkin put it; ” To rule through the fear of force rather than force itself.” This is exactly what the Empire stands for and how they are able to continue to rule the galaxy.
2. Chirrut Imwe Singlehandedly Takes On Stormtroopers
Whether this man ends up being a Jedi or not, one thing is certain; this guy is deadly with a bo stick. It appears that this man is most likely a believer in the religion of the Jedi but isn’t a Jedi himself. No one knows for certain at this point, but we can at least acknowledge that we will be seeing a lot of Donnie Yen in this film.
No blaster or lightsaber is necessary for Imwe. A simple stick will do just fine. This shot in the trailer is brilliant. We’ve seen what Jedi can do with their lightsaber’s, but utilizing a simple stick shows how powerful this man is. This scene is simply amazing to look at, especially at a character we know very little about.
3. The Death Star Blots Out The Sun
We are treated with yet another visually stunning shot of the Death Star in all its glory. Only this time, we see it slowly creeping up on another planet, blotting out the entire sun in the process.
The Death Star is seen circling ominously over an unsuspecting planet. This is yet another scene that shows the full potential of the Empire in that they have come to rule the galaxy and will allow nothing to stand in their way. Words can’t even begin to describe the horror that is about to happen.
4. Battle On A Beach
We’ve seen plenty of space battles throughout the Star Wars films, except this time we may find ourselves watching many epic ground battles take place. The above shot gives us a better perspective at what we will witness in what Edwards’s calls a “war film.”
It appears that Edwards will deliver on his promise of a war movie. The shot here shows us some rebels attacking an Imperial force however it’s hard to tell who the defenders are. If the Battle on Hoth is any indication, I’d say that the Empire are the instigators here and are planning an all-out assault against the Rebellion.
5. AT-AT Vs A Missile Launcher
Anyone who claims this isn’t a shot directly taken from a Star Wars: Battlefront game is lying to you. I wrote an article a while back that explained how this film will be very different from any Star Wars film we’ve seen before. Other than the movie being the first Star Wars standalone film, Rogue One won’t feature any Jedi and will feel more grounded unlike the other movies.
This one shot easily pays tribute to most of the games us Star Wars fans have come to enjoy. We’ve seen the AT-AT’s in action on Hoth, but now we get to see them once again in all their glory on a large beach. I cannot wait to see this action sequence come to fruition.
6. Jyn Erso Slumping Towards A TIE Fighter
This quick shot shows us how badass our new protagonist is. The shot makes you believe that Jyn Erso is going towards the fighter without fear and determination. However, I believe that this scene is a rescue mission where we will learn that her allies are the one’s who are actually piloting that TIE Fighter.
Either way, the shot is fantastic and shows that this woman will do anything it takes to get the job done, even if she may or may not be severely injured. She was sent on this mission for a reason and I cannot wait to see what type of skills she has to complete this mission.
7. Darth Vader Is Back!
You knew this was coming. To further prove that this film is NOT Episode VIII or a continuation of The Force Awakens, showing Vader if for only a few seconds was crucial in this trailer. We all know Vader’s prominence in the original trilogy. Since this film ends roughly ten minutes before A New Hope, the audience must know that Vader is in fact the driving force (pun intended) behind the Empire’s plan’s.
it will be interesting to see how Edwards and company uses him in this movie. Vader isn’t supposed to be in the film for that long, however his role is apparently extremely important and sets up events that soon follow in the original trilogy. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for arguably the greatest movie villain of all time. The quick shot to the back of the helmet along with his signature breathing, was all we needed to see and hear from this Dark Lord of the Sith.
This film has ramped up my anticipation for this film even more. The shots were done beautifully as Edwards proved yet another he’s a fantastic visual director. I hope this film lives up to what we want this film to be. Edwards has promised us a war film and it appears that we will be getting just that. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters December 16.
What were some of your favorite shots from the trailer? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!