The theatrical release date for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is just around the corner, the final trailer is behind us, and that means it’s TV spot and promo time. Today brings a quick TV spot that finds Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso speechifying and rallying her troops with the promise of a rebellion built on hope. What’s impessive about it is how the quick teaser manages to inspire some of that Star Wars sense of wonder and epic scale in about 30 seconds. Hopefully that’s the tone they land on in the film, which is a bit of a gamble for Lucasfilm.
Gareth Edwards‘s prequel spinoff, which follows the team of rebels that infiltrated the Empire to steal the Death Star plans, is the first live-action Star Wars film to branch away from the generational narative of the Skywalkers and Solos. And while later trailers revealed that Darth Vader will make an appearance, it doesn’t even have a recognizable in-universe character to lead the charge (like say, that Han Solo prequel). What it does have is a unique and stunning visual style and the luxury of the vast Star Wars universe to play in. After the massive success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I’m definitely eager to see how Lucasfilm expands their universe, and how audiences respond to it.
Watch the new Rogue One teaser below. The film opens December 16th and also stars Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Forest Whitaker.
Here’s the official Rogue One 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.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.