A new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story gives us a glimpse into heroine Jyn Erso’s (Felicity Jones) past, reveals the origins of the “Rogue One” callsign, and previews the action to come in Gareth Edwards’s Stars Wars anthology film. Oh, and is that a statue of Obi Wan we see in the sand?
Set before A New Hope, Rogue One follows Jyn Erso as she leads an unlikely team of heroes on a dangerous mission to steal the plans of the Empire’s new weapon of mass destruction — which was designed by her own father, no less — the Death Star. The second theatrical trailer opens with Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) and his Imperial forces advancing on a farm, while Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) tells his young daughter, Jyn, that he’s doing “it to protect her,” before an adult Jyn wakes up in a prison cell.
Alliance forces ultimately bust her out of prison, and then she’s tasked with her mission from Mon Mothma. The new trailer gives us a closer look at the motley crew she assembles for the job, as well as Jyn’s surprisingly hopeful attitude, but it’s this shot of Darth Vader and Krennic that’s giving us goosebumps.
May the Force be with us, indeed.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16, 2016.