Today we were gifted the first trailer for Rogue One, Disney/Lucasfilm’s first ever non-episodic feature film from the Star Wars universe. Along with the new faces of what appears to be the Rebel and Imperial B-Squads the trailer hits a laundry list of nostalgic sights. AT-AT’s? Check. Stormtroopers? Of Course. Death Star and Star Destroyers? Rebels and a Rebel Base? Check and double check. They hit a lot of important notes, however my favorite part of this trailer is what it doesn’t show – The Force. It didn’t hit me until about an hour after I had watched the trailer, but this is probably the first full length trailer for a Star Wars movie that doesn’t not feature the force or a force user prominently. As a fan, I believe that is the biggest question for this movie going forward: Can a Star Wars movie succeed without its biggest star? Several books from the former extended universe (RIP Zahn triolgy et al.) such as the Republic Commando and Rogue Squadron series would suggest that this is possible, but only time will tell.
- Not enough is made of the fact that Kathleen Kennedy at Lucasfilm is pushing hard for female protagonists in these new movies. First Rey Skywalker… I mean, Rey, and now Jyn? Absolutely fantastic.
- There may be no force users in this trailer, but they do have the next best thing – Donnie Yen! As much as I enjoyed the way The Force Awakens moved away from the unfollowable action sequences of the prequels and back to the style of fighting featured in the original trilogy, I will make exceptions for the martial arts stylings of the Ip Man.
- Ben Mendelsohn was fantastic in Bloodline and I can’t wait to see him play the big bad Imperial (even though I’m more excited to see him in Ready Player One). He certainly looked the part of an Imperial officer… A Grand Moff perhaps?
- This trailer only whet my appetite for this movie since it didn’t feature either of the people I’m most looking forward to seeing – Mads Mikkelsen and Alan Tudyk. Still no indication of who they’re playing, but whoever they are will undoubtedly be amazing.