The Shadow of the Death Star Looms Over the Latest ‘Rogue One’ Trailer

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After The Force Awakens met or exceeded fan expectations after the sour taste left by the prequels, Disney and Lucasfilm aren’t going to be easing their foot off the gas of the franchise they paid $4 billion to acquire. Tonight as the world sat around the television set gawking at the Olympics, they unveiled the latest trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryThe Force Awakens, the first of the non-Episode entries in the Star Wars saga.

As far as trailers go, this one did a pretty good job at establishing the film’s basic premise and giving us just enough of a tease as to these new characters — my personal favorite in the trailer is Donnie Yen‘s character kicking a bit of ass and espousing some Force philosophy. But the big reveal in the trailer was someone we’ve long suspected might make an appearance in Rogue One, and that’s Darth [expletive deleted] Vader. The rest of the remarkably diverse cast of Rogue One consists of Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Forest Whitaker.

The rumors of reshoots and retooling of Gareth Edwards‘ film might give fans some apprehension towards the film, especially if they conflate the reshoots of Suicide Squad as the cause of its poor finished product. There should be some level of skepticism directed at the film, after all this is the closest to a risky proposition that a Star Wars movie could be these days — a somewhat prequel to A New Hope with little hope for an actual sequel. If Rogue One underwhelms, it could lead to extreme skepticism about the future of the Star Wars spinoffs. But from the looks of it, Rogue One doesn’t look too shabby.

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

The official synopsis for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story:

Lucasfilm’s Rogue One, which takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, tells the story of unlikely heroes who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star.

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