The latest trailer, released today by Lucas Films, provides the clearest look yet at the movie’s back story and origin of the title.
It opens with Erso as a child in conversation with her long lost father Galen (Mads Mikkelsen). “Whatever I do I do it to protect you, understand?” he says with a sense of foreboding.
Little does Jyn know that dad will be kidnapped by the Empire to help build its most devastating weapon, the Death Star.
He’s last seen being led of by a squadron of Galactic Storm Troopers led by Orson Krenni (Ben Mendelsohn) who’s in charge of building the mega-weapon.
Jyn only learns later, once she links up with rebels that her father is “crucial” to the construction of the Death Star, and she is crucial to finding him.
“If my father built this thing, we need to find him,” she agrees. They have one clue to work with; her father sends a message warning about the new weapon.
She plots with Rebel Alliance Intelligence Officer Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and rebel leader Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) to filch the Death Star’s plans. But it’s clear, Jyn is the one calling the shots.
Darth Vader makes a cameo at the very end of the trailer, emerging from the shadows ominously. James Earl Jones is back voicing the character.
Forest Whitaker also returns as Saw Gerarra, a character who figured prominently in the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
Special effects are showcased in a big way as well, in some cool fighting scenes involving TIE Fighters, X-Wing fighters and the towering AT-ST Walker, introduced in the 1983 film “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.”
The picture’s title, “Rogue One,” comes from the rebel’s code word from one of their missions.
“Rogue One” is the first of what may be several stand-alone Star Wars movies. The action takes place between “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” and “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.”
The film hits theaters Dec. 16. Check out the trailer below.
Let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest movie news.