ROGUE ONE Trailer Arrives And Fully Delivers On Expectations

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ROGUE ONE Trailer Arrives And Fully Delivers On Expectations

Let the debate begin in earnest on the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, for the first full trailer for the Gareth Edwards helmed spin off film has arrived. And, to these eyes, the idea of unshackling new directors from Star Wars canon and allowing them to fuse elements of other genres into the Star Wars universe is looking prety damn brilliant right now.

A heist film telling the tale of how the Rebellion laid hands on the Death Star plans in the first place? Yes, please. Donnie Yen cutting loose and laying waste on a grander scale then he's ever been part of before? Doubly yes, please. And while I'm sure mileage will vary from viewer to viewer - and I'd love to hear what stands out to others - the biggest pleasant surprise of all was just how damn well Forest Whitaker fits in to thing here and really dominates the back half of the trailer.

But enough of that. Check out the trailer below, tells us what you think of star Felicity Jones and anything else that stands out.

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saulApril 7, 2016 8:43 AM

Forest Whitaker .. and Ben Mendelsohn looks friggin great as the villain.

soupcrusherApril 7, 2016 9:19 AM

No joke. That first shot of Mendelsohn was killer.

NatePApril 7, 2016 9:24 AM

Looks good and I trust Gareth Edwards to make it awesome. I do question whether slender, spunky, British, and white Felicity Jones is different enough from slender, independent, British, and white Daisy Ridley. Star Wars gets a half point for David Oyelowo but I want person of color starring Star Wars at some point.

Elsie ParoubekApril 7, 2016 9:33 AM

That baby elephant alarm sounds ridiculous.

Todd BrownApril 7, 2016 10:22 AM

They're getting there and are certainly better at it than almost all other franchises. I mean, the top cast in TFA were a white woman, a black man and a latino man. In the top billing block of Rogue One you've got Whitaker, Yen, Diego Luna and Riz Ahmed. And, remarkably, none of these non-white characters appear to be on the villain side.

I hear you, would love to have a standalone lead of color, but I do honestly think that of the big franchises that Star Wars will probably end up getting there first.

ManateeAdvocateApril 7, 2016 11:26 AM

Wow. I still have ZERO interest in seeing The Force Awakens, but this looks stellar. Count me in.

J HurtadoApril 7, 2016 1:22 PM

It looks fun to me, but I really wish that we could get some different stories. They should just call the series Death Star Wars

omnisemantic1April 7, 2016 1:28 PM

Oh, I'm sure we'll get there soon enough. I mean you can't really blame them for treading the familiar grounds first, right? ^^
Plus it's a story I've wanted to see play out on the big screen ever since I played "Dark Forces" back in 1996.

omnisemantic1April 7, 2016 1:29 PM

That's the same exact sound used in the original trilogy movies.

One-EyeApril 7, 2016 1:32 PM

Another 'Mary Sue' lead character? I guess we better get used to it.

This looks great, actually. I love the almost grimdark vibe; a different direction for STAR WARS.

One-EyeApril 7, 2016 1:32 PM

It's good. It really is.

ManateeAdvocateApril 7, 2016 1:41 PM

Goddamn I love Valhalla Rising. Nihilism at its best.

omnisemantic1April 7, 2016 1:57 PM

I think you (and half the Internet) misunderstand the use of that "term". Mary Sue stands for a unrealistic wish-fulfillment persona, not for a female lead character.

wabaliciousApril 7, 2016 4:51 PM

It's fantastic, a really joyous and massively entertaining film. I loved it.

wabaliciousApril 7, 2016 4:52 PM

For a split second i thought it was Gary Oldman, hahaha.

BtoFuApril 7, 2016 5:23 PM

You could argue The Fast and the Furious already got there first. As mindless as they are, those films always stood out me as more racially inclusive than perhaps any other big ticket franchise in Hollywood. Of course the late Paul Walker was certainly a pretty white dude - though I do feel as they came to part 4 and onward an effort was made to dial back his lead position and riff (rather incongruently perhaps!) on family and the need for their ensemble unit to get more screen time.

Still when it comes to going with a standalone lead I agree with you that Star Wars will mostly likely get there first. They're also in the unique position of being so enormous as a brand that you'd have to suspect it would create a substantial ripple effect and encourage more studios to make a further inclusive leap.

YojimboApril 7, 2016 6:53 PM

I quite fancy watching an intergalactic Where Eagles Dare, Dirty Dozen Samurai.

M. CalaveraApril 7, 2016 7:50 PM


Mr. CavinApril 7, 2016 11:13 PM

And originally: an unrealistic wish-fulfillment stand-in for the author. Much as I love it, Robert B. Parker's Spenser is a Mary Sue. So is James Bond.

Thanks for fighting the good fight, omnisemantic1.

God of JoyApril 8, 2016 12:32 AM

This trailer gave me goosebumps. I was not a huge fan of 'force awakens', but this one has caught my attention. Does anyone know, within the canon do these events take place before episode IV or is it episode VI (i.e. which 'death star' is it?)

One-EyeApril 8, 2016 6:47 AM

Nope. I know exactly what a Mary Sue is.

It's a skinny brunette British chick who will be able to overcome every single obstacle easily and never get a mark on her.

Peabo BronsonApril 8, 2016 11:28 AM

before IV

Elsie ParoubekApril 8, 2016 1:09 PM


owenApril 8, 2016 1:47 PM

Yeah i hope too, I am waiting for the day when we get a white male lead in an east asian movie since i always found myself excluded.

YojimboApril 8, 2016 1:59 PM

Your not missing much missing The Force Awakens there are plenty of better episodes of The Clone Wars.

JoshApril 8, 2016 4:40 PM

Ben Mendelsohn!!!

1000_Fist_GoreApril 8, 2016 9:27 PM

This looks terrible, if that's what the general consensus is - unless everyone thinks it looks great, then I'm excited for it and think it's going to be amazing. That's how this internet thing works right? Can we get a poll going on that so I can have my own opinion...

Joking aside, I'm interested in seeing how the SW universe will continue to branch out now that it isn't under the helm of Lucas (not a Lucas hater by any means). I'm looking forward to a villain/anti-hero standalone film. Something more influenced by the western/samurai genre than the war genre that has permeated throughout this franchise (I know there has been instances of it, but I'd like to see a director shake it up a bit)

timmyApril 9, 2016 12:05 AM

Well, you seem to have this down. I, also, have come to a cast-iron conclusion about what you are.

Watch TFA again and this time try to understand what you're seeing. Try real hard.

timmyApril 9, 2016 12:05 AM

bye bye

timmyApril 9, 2016 12:07 AM

It's the story of what the spies referenced in ANH did. It won't be the same story if if it ends as we know it will, will it?

timmyApril 9, 2016 12:08 AM

Or you could watch a better movie, like TFA.

ManateeAdvocateApril 9, 2016 9:03 AM

You made a funny. Different strokes for different folks.