Story About A Star Wars Story1 of 17The third major Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer landed Thursday, adding more grist for the mill of anticipation and speculation for the Star Wars one-shot film.
Although not as pivotal as the first two, this third trailer gives more context to what was learned before - and some more top-notch visuals with Star Wars-centric symbolysm.
As we have for the previous trailers one and two, Newsarama has broken down the key moments of this film and wrapped them up with the top ones from previous trailers in an expansive look at everything revealed so far for December 16's film.
Who/What is Rogue One?2 of 17When Rogue One was first named, some thought it referred to Wedge Antilles’ Rogue Squadron, but the new trailer reveals it’s the callsign that Bodhi Rook gives the rag tag Rebel squad's craft on a lark. It has a double-meaning for Rook, who is a turncoat Imperial pilot who joins the Rebellion.
A long time(s) ago3 of 17The first scene in the latest Rogue One trailer of a young Jyn and Galen Erso being approached by Orsen Krennic is very different than past Star Wars movies. You see, up until now the franchise – in movies, at least – has avoided doing many flashbacks or jumping around in time.
Yes, The Force Awakens briefly showed a young Rey, and then the flashes of other eras when she grabbed Luke's lightsaber, but this is different. Stay with me.
This new scene isn’t just a snapshot of a time, but appears to be a full-fledged scene with an established setting and significant dialogue.
And this isn't the first glimpse of that era - if you recall, in the previous trailer Saw Gerrera is shown in two vastly different looks, evoking different time periods.
Star Warsjumps through time – it’s part of the concept – but doing it inside of one movie like this is new.
Jedi Jerusalem4 of 17Rogue One director Gareth Edwards has said one of the key worlds of the film will be a “Jedi holy land” called Jedha, and this walled city seems to fit the bill: Obelisks, aqueducts, and even a looming building looking very similar to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. One could say it’s all coming together to be an analogy of the real-life city of Jerusalem.
And of course, looming over it all is a Star Destroyer – making a rare in-atmosphere appearance. That lends credence to the idea that this unnamed city on Jedha is under occupation by Imperial forces, and that this is the city seen in the various trailers being patrolled by Stormtroopers.
So why would the Empire have an interest in a Jedi holy land? It could simply be part of Order 66 – to kill all Jedi – but Edward mentioned casually that Jedha is also one of the few places to mine Kyber crystals – the crystals used for lightsabers, but also as part of the Death Star’s superlaser.
Once & Again5 of 17One thing that isn’t new is the composition of certain scenes in this new trailer. From the picture of Galen on a ridge mirroring Luke’s on Tattoine from A New Hope, to the Death Star battle plans table scene mirroring The Force Awakens, there are many callback moments to other scenes from the franchise.
That’s a key part of the Star Wars franchise – from George Lucas homaging his film influences in the original Star Wars to J.J. Abrams lifting several compositional shots (and story concepts) from Lucas’ movies.
Removal of the Jedi6 of 17Don’t wait for the inevitable “Confused Travolta” meme gifs to ask – where are the Jedi?
To date, no jedi have been seen or mentioned to be inRogue One - and the new glimpse of a fallen, broken Jedi statue from Jedha underlines that heavily.
It doesn’t hurt that the statue bears more than a passing resemblance to Obi-Wan Kenobi, who is alive but hidden during the events of this film.
Star Destroyer Physics7 of 17Star Wars may take place long, long ago, but some of their tech is lightyears ahead of current knowledge.
There's a beautiful shot of a Star Destroyer that looks like its floating (ominously?) in the atmosphere above a city. I’m not here to pick apart the technology in a science fiction movie, but for something that massive to just float like that so close to the surface of the planet is…let's say it's impossible within the realm of current knowledge.
In fact, while I love the shot of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) walking right up to the rising TIE Fighter, my brain can't help but note that it's very difficult to build ships that can operate in planetary atmospheres, but also launch into and fly through space. The Space Shuttle, for example, needed to catch a ride into orbit on a rocket, and could only glide through Earth's atmosphere on its way down. (It had to ride on the back of a 747 to travel between cities).
Currently, modern "spaceplanes" that launch from the ground can only go to suborbital heights. That said, it's not crazy to think that in the next half century, humans might design ships that can transition directly from the surface of the Earth to space-based destinations without a middle man. That's not so far-fetched as to seem totally unrealistic.
No Lightsabers Required8 of 17Donnie Yen breaks some boundaries (and some heads) as the most prominent Asian character in the Star Wars universe yet, as he mows through some Stormtroopers with what looks like a deadly spear. Given that in previous installments, hand-to-hand combat was usually reserved either for Force-users or for scavengers from backwater planets like Jakku, it’s unlikely Rogue One will gloss over Yen’s extensive martial arts skills without comment.
Jedi, No – Force, Yes9 of 17Although there’s no Jedi to speak of in the film, Darth Vader is a commanding presence in his brief but iconic scenes in this and previous trailers.
But this is something more, as in one scene Krennic seemingly-lectures the Sith Lord on the “power” of the Death Star.
Remember, Vader has always proven to be somewhat bull-ish on the Death Star. Remember this line from A New Hope?
“Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.”
Remember, he’s saying that after visiting the Death Star here in Rogue One and this meeting with Krennic.
Build-A-Death-Star Workshop10 of 17There are a lot of locations featured in the various trailer, and one of those appears to be inside the Death Star. It's possible the new movie will give some information about the construction of this megalithic space structure. Building stuff in space is difficult and expensive, and plenty of people have poked holes in the feasibility of the Death Star, but with recent real-world advances in space-based habitats, I'm excited to get a closer look at this fictional space structure. (For a sense of scale, the International Space Station took 10 years to build, at a cost of about 100 billion dollars and can only host about 6 people, or up to 13 if you really push it).
That’s No Staff11 of 17And a small but somewhat cool (especially if you think of the inevitable toys) wrinkle which the latest Rogue One trailer added is that Chirrut Imwe’s staff was revealed to be a bowcaster – like the one Chewbacca uses.
Sure Imwe is blind, but given the shotgun-like blasts these weapons give off, it’s a devastating weapon no matter who is pulling the trigger.
Total Eclipse of the Jedi12 of 17The “Death Star eclipse” scene is a great visual shot (a la Tim Burton’s Batman moment with the Batwing), but if you take a closer look it’s more than just a visual flourish.
It's actually possible to see this kind of eclipse from Earth: it's called an annular eclipse, or a "ring of fire" eclipse. During total solar eclipse, the moon completely blocks out the disk of the sun. But an annular eclipse takes place when the moon is slightly further away from the Earth in its orbit, so the disk of the sun isn't totally covered. There’s an annular solar eclipse happening on September 1, but it will only be visible from parts of Africa and the Indian Ocean.
Note that it’s doing such above that walled city on the planet we presume to be the “Jedi holy land,” Jedha. The trailer has already shown the Death Star to be in close orbit of the planet, but what if it’s being utilized in another manner – to cause an artificial darkness on part of the planet with this eclipse.
If you step out on the ledge of that theory, it adds much more resonance to the night-time battle scenes seen in the trailers.
Orbit13 of 17Thumbs up to the person who created the wide view of what might be the planet Jedha, seen through the window of some Imperial ship. The view shows the curve of the planet, and includes sunlight streaming through layers of atmosphere — a detail that some science fiction movies miss. Clearly, someone did their homework, because the shot looks exactly like shots of the Earth from space.
However, if that view is supposed to be from inside the Death Star then my improbability meter goes haywire again — something as big as the Death Star can't get that close to a planet without crashing into it!
Death Star Shoots First14 of 17Everyone who’s seen Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope knows that the first Death Star was fired on Alderaan – but who’s to say that was the first time the fully operational station was fired up?
Rogue One is all about the team of Rebel commandos who seized the plans for the Death Star and discovered the flaw that allowed Luke Skywalker to blow it up. But from the looks of the newest trailer, they may not have been able to stop the Empire from at least test-firing the weapon.
With an assemblage of Imperial officers peering out the window as Darth Vader examines a red display similar to the one seen during A New Hope’s firing sequence implies that the Death Star may be activated at least once in Rogue One, especially when you factor in those ground-shattering brief moments as seen at left.
Who Dat?15 of 17Watching a cloaked man in black bowing before a mysterious object- complete with the crimson warriors of the Emperor’s Imperial Guard looking on - was one o the key moments in the first trailer.
Although Darth Vader is now confirmed to be in the film, is that him in the cloak -- or perhaps Krennic, or someone else.
Whomever it is, the real question is - who (or what) is he kneeling to?
Looking deeper at that scene, it’s worth noting that the object the figure is bowing took looks very much like a Bacta Tank similar to the one used by Luke Skywalker to repair his injuries at the beginning of Empire Strikes Back. If that is indeed what it is, could it be Palpatine recovering from injuries of his own?
Ian McDarmid said he's not appearing in the film, but that doesn't mean his character necessarily won't.
M.I.A.16 of 17Speaking of costumes, it seems as though Jyn is wearing an Imperial TIE Bomber uniform in the last scene of first trailer. Given that Forest Whittaker’s Saw Gerrera asks, “What will you become?” it wouldn’t be a surprise here if Jyn at least pauses to wonder whether or not she’s fighting for the right team. And considering it’s not even clear whether or not the team will actually survive the heist - after all, many Bothans died to get information on the Second Death Star in Return of the Jedi - will Jyn’s decision wind up being a fatal one? She sure wasn’t around in A New Hope.
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