“This is a rebellion, isn’t it? I rebel.”
After months and well over a year of anticipation, the first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is here and the above line of dialog sets the tone for the movie itself.
After last year’s unbelievable success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, many of us didn’t know where the franchise could take us next or even have a reasonable follow-up until Episode VIII. This morning, Disney answered our queries with a trailer for the prequel to A New Hope.
Rogue One is the first of many canonical movie tie-ins that Disney has dubbed “Star Wars Stories“. I’m fairly certain they had that already and it was called the Expanded Universe, but those ass-clowns went ahead an tossed that all out. I’m not bitter at all.
This is the story of Jyn Erso (portrayed by the English actress Felicity Jones). You might have seen her in the Stephen Hawking documentary film The Theory of Everything. Other than being an excellent Mrs. Hawking, Miss Jones has mainly done things across the pond.
Jyn Erso seems to be a likable criminal. And what do likable criminals do best in film? Steal stuff! And like every good heist film, the stakes have to be unimaginably high. In this case, we already know what she’s looking for: the plans for the Death Star. This is a heavy subject and one quest fans have been wanting to see for a long time.
Under the hood of this film are some interesting choices for director- Gareth Edwards, best known for the low budget film Monsters (2010) and rebooting the Godzilla (2014) franchise. I’m completely down with someone new and fresh getting the reins of a Star Wars film, I just don’t know what Disney realize he was the man for the job while watching giant kaiju destroy cities.
Also of interest is bringing on a giant in the world of visual effects, John Knoll as a writer. Knoll has been the Visual Effects Supervisor for amazingly gorgeous films like Pacific Rim, Avatar, and even Star Trek: First Contact. He also worked on the Prequel Trilogy, but those films still looked good at least. I wonder how his talents will be utilized as a writer. Will it be more ambitious or will he have written much more manageable effects? We’ll see.
There is a wild card in the cast. Not only do we have Hoban Washburne or “Wash” (Alan Tudyk) and King of Important Plot Development- Forest Whitaker, but we have one of the most mysterious men in cinema: Mads Mikkelsen. After facing off with Daniel Craig’s James Bond in Casino Royale, he decided to face off against Laurence Fishburne in the critically acclaimed, and down right disturbing, TV show Hannibal.
Seriously, I don’t know who he’s playing, and frankly, I just don’t want to think of him at all. It’s safer that way.
Finally, we have the music. Taking over for John Williams this time is Alexandre Desplat, the composer from the Harry Potter films, to Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. He also worked with Edwards on 2014’s Godzilla, so it seems the two kept each other’s business cards at least.
What I have to point out is that the iconic works from A New Hope take on such a brilliant and beautiful life here that it instantly breathes that “Star Wars Feeling” into your earholes. And of course Desplat’s own take of the Imperial March sounds absolutely haunting. I didn’t even think that was possible. Also, what’s up with movie trailers using piano to pay homage to the original score?
The rest of the trailer keeps some beautiful sights, combat, and all out war in the open and in the trenches for everyone to see and it’s really something. Now I’m not shaking with excitement like I did with 2014’s The Force Awakens teaser, but I am really interested in Disney’s “Star Wars Stories” films. Could be shameless money grab, or allowing more of the Galaxy Far Far Away to showcase more than just Jedi…
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 18th and remember, when they debut the actual trailer for this one in September/October- BUY YOUR TICKETS THEN.