The New Rogue One Trailer Hints That It May Be A Suicide Mission

Thursday, 10 November 2016 - 3:06PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Rogue One
Thursday, 10 November 2016 - 3:06PM
The New Rogue One Trailer Hints That It May Be A Suicide Mission
The new international trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just dropped, and it's more epic and desperate than ever before. We get some glimpses of Darth Vader, AT-ATs attacking a tropical location, and Jyn Erso's youth, as well as a look at the exciting new black-clad Stormtrooper, the Deathtrooper. We also get a final confirmation on the origin of the name "Rogue One." The movie looks more and more like a modern war movie, with urban combat, guerrilla warfare, and the gritty realism you might expect from Band of Brothers, rather than a space opera. But the biggest thing to take away from the new trailer is just how hopeless Rogue One's mission seems—the gathered Rebel leaders are utterly dismayed when the Death Star is revealed, K-2SO gives the old C-3PO line about the chances of success, and Jyn says they're going to keep taking chance after chance to complete the mission...until they run out of chances. As she finishes this line, the frame cuts to an image of Darth Vader.



There are so many big reveals, hints and details in the new trailer, especially when it comes to Jyn's history and childhood. The first international trailer we saw revealed that Jyn's father may be the one behind the construction of the Death Star, but in the new trailer we get to see him and Jyn together before his apparent capture by Imperial forces. We also get to see him give Jyn a crystal necklace—could it be a kyber crystal, the kind used to power lightsabers?

Then there's the shots of Darth Vader, hinting that he may be playing a bigger role than anyone expected. The Force is one of the underlying themes of the Rogue One trailers, and with the early shots of Jyn disguised as an Imperial Ground Crew member (apparently infiltrating the Death Star), it's possible that Vader senses her presence while she's aboard. Of all the Star Wars protagonists to confront Vader (Luke, Han, Leia, etc.), Jyn may be the least prepared.

Finally, there's the shot of the Death Star apparently blowing up a planet—one that may or may not be Alderaan. It could be the Garrison Moon of Kessel, depending on what canon the movie is following. This appears to be the "weapons test" referenced in both the international trailers, which not only means that the superlaser is going to be active during the movie, but that Rogue One isn't going to be able to stop it before it destroys something...or someone.

It's an exciting new trailer, but a little more somber and anxious than the previous one—the music has a lot of quiet moments, and the background theme has a lot of shades of the Imperial March in it—an ominous sign. We know from the original movie that many Bothans died to bring the Rebellion the plans for the Death Star, but maybe some humans will, too...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.
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