Much like its predecessor Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One, the first of the Star Wars “stories,” has sent diehard fans on a frantic search for any and all information. In actuality, we know a great deal about the anthology film about how a group of Rebels stole the plans for the Death Star for the Alliance, led by the fearless Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), but one more secret has been revealed as the marketing campaign for the film continues its trek.
Lucasfilm released a new trailer for Japanese audiences, and while it doesn’t have too much new footage, the bits that are fresh give us a better picture on how the Rebels found out about the Death Star in the first place. After all, Jyn was recruited for the mission when the existence of a weapon of massive destruction was in the air.
According to the spot, the Rebels intercepted an encoded Imperial transmission about prepping for a weapons test. “The message was sent by your father,” Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) informs Jyn. Pretty much all else is recycled, but you still get your Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker), K-2SO droid (Alan Tudyk), the blind Force follower Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen), and even the return of Darth Vader.
See the new trailer below.
Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards and scheduled for theaters on December 16, is the first of the Star Wars anthology films, to be followed by a Han Solo prequel from The Lego Movie directors. Here’s the official synopsis:
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. In theaters December 2016.