Everything We Learned from that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer

Thursday, 07 April 2016 - 1:09PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Rogue One
Thursday, 07 April 2016 - 1:09PM
Around a year after we got our first details on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at Star Wars Celebration, the first trailer for Gareth Edwards movie has landed. Judging from the 90 seconds or so of footage provided in the trailer, Rogue One is going to be a Star Wars movie with a difference, and not simply because it's a standalone. The tone of what Gareth Edwards has put together is, darker and more ominous than anything we've seen in the trilogies. 

As usual with teaser trailers, we're left with more questions than answers. Lets break down everything we've seen of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story so far.

Jyn Erso aka Jan Ors?

Felicity Jones plays the movie's big lead, who we today learned that is called Jyn Erso. So, what's in a name? Well, probably nothing much of actual substance, but there is potentially a reason to get excited about our hero's name. Fans of the LucasArts Star Wars games will be forgiven for letting their ears prick up at the sound of Jyn's name being uttered, and I'm probably not alone in excitedly thinking that Jan Ors was the name mentioned in the trailer's opening moments.

But names aren't the only thing connecting Felicity Jones' character to the old EU. Best known for her role in the excellent Dark Forces Star Wars games, Jan Ors was a highly talented and incredibly brave spy who spent much of her time being a thorn in the side of the Empire. By the Orders of Mon Mothma, Ors worked with Kyle Katarn– the protagonist of the Dark Forces series– to play a pivotal role in the capture of, you've guessed it, the plans to Palpatine's first Death Star.

This is likely to be a mere nod to fans, but that's not stopping us from getting excited and keeping our fingers crossed Diego Luna's character (the chap with the beard) might be named Kyle Katarn. Unfortunately, though, there's already been word that he's actually called Will Cassein.

The Yavin Temple

Not that this was a surprise, but it was nice to see the Yavin 4 Temple again, and in a little more detail. In Star Wars: A New Hope, this ancient Sith Temple was used as a center of operations for the Rebellion's victory against the Imperial Death Star. It's also the scene of that famous medal ceremony at the end of the movie. Perhaps while they're there they can reshoot that scene and give Chewie a goddamn medal?

Hello Mon Mothma

One of the standout moments of the trailer was the appearance of Rebel Alliance leader, Mon Mothma. A pivotal character in both the Rebellion and the New Republic, Mon Mothma was first played by Caroline Blakiston in the original trilogy. The Mon Mothma seen in this trailer holds a remarkable likeness to the original, which is probably why it's not the first time we've seen this iteration of her.

Genevieve O'Reilly is the actor in question, and this is now the second time she has played the role. While she didn't make the final cut, O'Reilly actually played Mon Mothma in George Lucas's Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. If you're curious to see her in action, check out the deleted scenes section of your DVD, now!

That Mystery Droid

During the trailer we get a couple of very brief glimpses at a mysterious looking droid. While nothing has been confirmed, there have been a number of rumors that Firefly actor Alan Tudyk will be playing a form of droid, which leads us to believe this is the droid we're looking for.

Other unsubstantiated rumors centering on this droid claim that it's known as an Enforcer Droid and was once in Imperial service before he was captured and reprogrammed by the Rebellion. As we've seen with every other Star Wars movie up to this point, droids play a vital comic relief role in the franchise, so hopefully with a comic talent like Alan Tudyk behind the mask, this mystery enforcer droid will be no different.

That's No Tarkin

Given the movie's place in the Star Wars timeline and the fact that we're dealing directly with the Death Star, you could be forgiven for thinking that Ben Mendelsohn's ominous looking character is that of Grand Moff Tarkin. However, looking at the uniform he's wearing this actually leads us to believe that Mendelsohn's character is actually even more exciting than the man who oversaw the construction of the Empire's first Death Star.

In yet another nod to the old Expanded Universe, Mendelsohn's character appears to be wearing the uniform of an Imperial Grand Admiral. Such information isn't normally that exciting, but given the fact that we're now expecting Star Wars Rebels to introduce a Grand Admiral that just happens to be one of the greatest Star Wars characters of all time, this uniform begins to feel a lot more significant. Could Mendelsohn's character really be inspired by the one, the only, Grand Admiral Thrawn? Sure, he's not blue, but he looks every bit the part...

Who is that Cloaked Figure

Ok, this one has us stumped. The first reaction is to say that it's Darth Vader, but on closer inspection that seems unlikely given that Vader never wears a hood. The you see the Imperial Guards, which leads us to think it could be Palpatine, but again that doesn't seem quite right. The identity of this mystery cloaked figure is definitely the element of the trailer we are most intrigued by.

Death Troopers

The trailer gives u a couple of looks at what we're being told are 'Death Troopers'. Clad in black, these Death Troopers remain something of a mystery. The term Death Trooper has been used a number of times in the old Expanded Universe, most notably to describe a form of zombie-like Stormtrooper that existed between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. These guys, of course, aren't that form of Death Trooper, and it seems like they'll be more similar to the old EU Shadow Troopers, which were used as high impact soldiers. Still, one thing is for sure, they look totally bad-ass.

Turncoat Rebel

"What will you become?" is what he hear as we see Jyn decked out in Imperial garb, and it's clear that Disney wants us to think that our hero is going to be seduced by the Empire. More likely, though, is that Jyn is dressed as a TIE Fighter pilot as part of some form of infiltration or escape plan. The cool thing about this seen, though? We're pretty sure we heard the faintest notes of Darth Vader's mechanical breath as it happened.

(Image Credits: Disney, LucasFilm)

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