After a week of teasing, Disney finally released a new “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” trailer. The trailer was shown during the official Olympic coverage on NBC, and was then quickly released online. Star Wars fans can watch the trailer below, and search it for secrets.
As for the film itself Rogue One’s timeline puts it way before the events of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Disney’s latest installment to the Star Wars franchise, it will even take place before the original film “Star Wars: A New Hope.”
Rogue One will show a timeline set just before the world met a young Luke Skywalker back in Episode IV, and will focus more on the Rebel troops than the Jedi. The new installment will also bring with it new characters, though a few former favorites will also be featured in the film. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” as it is officially called, will center around the rebels that stole the original Death Star plans mentioned in Episode IV. Fans should remember that those plans will later be used by Luke, Han Solo and Princess Leia to ultimately destroy the Empire base in Star Wars: A New Hope.
Gareth Edwards is directing this new installment, which is the first in a long-line of planned spinoffs. John Knoll wrote the story to Rogue One, which of course is based on the original characters created by George Lucas.
Joining the Star Wars franchise this year are actors Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Diego Luna. The will be joined by a few old-time favorites that have also been confirmed to appear.
Jimmy Smits, the actor who played Bail Organa in “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith,” will reprise his character for “Rogue One.” Also making an appearance will be the Sith Lord himself Darth Vader. If you need a reminder, Bail Organa was the adoptive father to Princess Leia. Kathleen Kennedy produced this film, and Rogue One is set to release on December 16, 2016. Also planned for production are a standalone Han Solo movie (a young Han Solo that is) and of course Episodes XIII and IX in the new trilogy.