With Star Wars: The Force Awakens now available to buy on Blu-ray and DVD and in digital format, it makes sense that Disney and Lucasfilm would want to keep Star Wars fans’ interest stoked for the Next Big Thing. That Thing, of course, is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which hits theaters on December 16. To build on that anticipation, the first teaser trailer has dropped this morning on the ABC Network’s Good Morning America.
Taking place outside the established focus of the Skywalker family, Rogue One will be the first of several films that will delve into aspects of the Star Wars universe not yet explored on the silver screen. What the filmmakers, particularly director Gareth Edwards, have been saying time and again about Rogue One is that it will have a darker, grittier tone than that at the forefront of what we’ve seen in Episodes 1-7. If the trailer is any indication of what we’ll be treated to come December, they weren’t lying. The primary focus of the two-minutes worth of footage is Felicity Jones’ character, a young woman whose scraps with the law seems to have gained the attention of the Rebel Alliance for a very specific mission.
That mission? To retrieve the plans for the Death Star–the ones that allowed Luke Skywalker to make the Galactic Empire’s space station to go boom and win the day for the Rebels in Episode IV, A New Hope. That kind of covert, clandestine mission seems like it’s tailor-made for the moodier film Disney hopes to craft. From the looks of the trailer, the film will give a nod to the notion that rebellions ain’t pretty. If that ends up being the case, consider me on board.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, hits theaters on December 16th.