Gareth Edward‘s first anthology film from the Star Wars universe much in the spirit of The Force Awakens has been shrouded in mystery but we now have a first trailer to analyse to our heart’s content.
The first footage runs at nearly 2 minutes and sums up the entire premise. We are going back in time, as the timeline set between the events of Episode 3 and Episode 4, where a group of rebels embark on a dangerous mission to retrieve the plans for the Death Star, which might give the Rebellion a chance against the Empire.
The opening shot introduces us to our protagonist Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and we also get our first glimpse at some of the other key players, played by Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn and Donnie Yen. Alongside shots of some memorable set pieces from Episode 4 we are also treated to a cameo of Star Wars‘ most iconic character to date.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is nearly completed and is expected to hit theatres on December 16. The next film in the anthology series will feature a young Han Solo and is currently gearing in pre-production so we might get our titular casting announcement by Disney some time soon. For now, feast your eyes on the trailer below: