‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ drops a thrilling Teaser Trailer

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Earlier today, the first Teaser Trailer was dropped for the initial foray into anthology stories for the Star Wars universe. Yes, we got a look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and it was quite compelling. Coming to us at the end of the year, sandwiched between Episode VII (The Force Awakens) and Episode VIII of the main saga, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will fill in some of the blanks in the franchise, which is a potentially really cool notion. I’ll have the Teaser Trailer for you at the end of this piece, so be sure to look for that below, but right now, let’s whet your appetite a bit!

The movie is the tale of how rebel spies stole the plans to the Death Star, set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is recruited to lead the mission, which will depict some of the skirmishes between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire. Gareth Edwards directs here, from a screenplay by John Knoll, Chris Weitz, and Gary Whitta. The ensemble cast, in addition to Jones, includes Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Riz Ahmed, and Alan Tudyk, among others. On the technical side, cinematography is by under-appreciated DP Greig Fraser, while the score comes from the always busy Alexandre Desplat. That’s a ton of talent in front of and behind the camera, making this a project that would be intriguing even if it had nothing to do with Star Wars.

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From the looks of it, this will really put the “war” in Star Wars. The Teaser Trailer showcases a number of large scale set pieces, which will certainly suggest a less than intimate affair. That’s actually a good thing, since it suggests that these side stories won’t be done with any less care than the main Episodes that capture our attention in such a profound way. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has the potential to be a really big hit, especially if it winds up being anywhere near the quality that Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought to the table. Wouldn’t that really be something?

Awards wise, I think that this one will be limited to the technical categories, though obviously that remains to be seen. Campaigns in Best Picture, Best Director (for Edwards), Best Actress (for Jones), Best Supporting Actor (for Mendelsohn or Whitaker), and Best Adapted/Original Screenplay (for Knoll, Weitz, and Whitta) could be launched, for sure. That being said, I think the tech fields of Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Hairstyling & Makeup, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects are where to focus on. My hunch is on a few of those coming through, though it’s so early that you have no way to be sure.

Overall, I’m psyched as can be to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and I think that once you see the Teaser Trailer below, you’ll agree with me. It looks just like what you’d expect, while also being somewhat different as well, which is pretty much the sweet spot for this film. This will hardly be the last time that we discuss the movie, so count on plenty more discussion before the release date in December. For now, check out the Teaser Trailer and sit tight for lots more discussion of the flick as we slowly move towards its mid December release…

Here now is the Teaser Trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Enjoy:

Stay tuned for more on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in the months to come!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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