Star Wars is back. Sorry, let me correct myself, the Star Wars we know and love is back because I am definitely not counting those prequels that sucked the magic away from the Skywalker name. Star Wars: The Force Awakens breathed new life into a tainted franchise and sparked a brand new trilogy for a new audience, as well as a slew of spin off films. We’ve had our first taste of the trilogy, and now its almost time to experience the first of many Star Wars spin-off films with the Rogue One trailer dropping yesterday.
The official title of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is completely separate from The Force Awakens and is set in between episode three and four, telling the tale of a group of rebels who set out on a mission to steal the plans for the original Death Star, because a Star Wars movie can’t not have a plot revolving around a moon-sized battle station. Rogue One is directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) and boasts a stellar cast lead by Felicity Jones accompanied by the excellent Mads Mikkelsen, as well as Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker and Ben Mendelsohn.
To cut a long story short, this is a brilliant trailer. I am completely in LOVE with Star Wars putting an overdue spotlight on strong female characters with Felicity Jones’ character Jyn Erso dominating the frames of this teaser, being established as a flawed character within the saint-like rebels. In terms of aesthetics, the film looks amazing and continues the great foundations laid out by The Force Awakens with the new and improved look of the Star Wars universe. The shot of the light slowly creeping across the Death Star is the stand out in a trailer that shows the AT-AT Walkers in action as well as lots of storm troopers being blown away.
However, as excited as this trailer makes me for Rogue One’s debut in December, I can’t help feel like Disney is rushing Star Wars back unnecessarily. We have just fallen back in love with the franchise, accompanied by a certain mysterious aura surrounding its return. It seems like absolute madness to be lamenting being given more Star Wars but I think that Disney should have held out on releasing their spin-off films until after Episode 8, when we are more familiar with the new main story that they are trying to tell and not distracted by unrelated, self contained stories.
To be honest, I’m just being hypercritical. I’ve been infatuated by Star Wars ever since my Dad introduced A New Hope to me when I was a kid and if this trailer is anything to go by, Rogue One will be just as fantastic as The Force Awakens. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to camp outside my local cinema until December.
I hope the weather will hold up.