Trailer gives first glimpse of new Star Wars

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

A THIRTY-SE­COND TV spot for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story de­buted overnight to her­ald this week’s ticket-sales kick-off, and what we glimpse in that trailer cleanly en­cap­su­lates ev­ery­thing we’ve seen so far.

The new trailer opens with a sand-swept nod to the Jedi arts – an as­pect that had been lit­tle on dis­play in Rogue teasers be­fore now.

Quite de­lib­er­ately, it seems, we have yet to see a bright lightsaber in the trail­ers.

Cut to our as­sem­bled Rebel he­roes. Rogue One – the first stand­alone Star Wars film in what Dis­ney is call­ing its An­thol­ogy se­ries – is part heist flick and part war movie.

And so, like any good heist pic­ture, the band of up­starts is gath­ered around its goal – in this case, the Death Star, or rather, the blue­prints for the Em­pire’s first Death Star.

Rogue One is set be­fore the events in the orig­i­nal film, A New Hope, so we know Darth Vader will soon be on the scene.

Cut to a close-up of our new hero­ine, Jyn Erso (Felic­ity Jones).

In pre­vi­ous trail­ers, we’ve learned that her father, Galen (Mads Mikkelsen) – the kind of lead­ing sci­en­tific mind who can be cru­cial to both the Em­pire and the Rebels – will ap­pear, at least in flash­back.

He prob­a­bly is the story’s Op­pen­heimer, and it is Galen’s knowl­edge that pre­sum­ably leads the Rebels to re­cruit his trou­bled young daugh­ter, the “cho­sen one” sur­vivor.

As so of­ten is the case with Star Wars, the frac­tured par­ent-child dy­namic set against the good and dark sides is cen­tral.

Then, sud­denly and quickly, we see – sil­hou­et­ted by the Death Star un­der con­struc­tion – Grand Moff Tarkin, the Im­pe­rial com­man­der first played by the late Peter Cush­ing, and then by Wayne Py­gram. Part of the Rogue mys­tery is whether Tarkin’s ap­pear­ance will be part-CGI.

Jyn is soon at the con­trols and ready to help lead the Rebel mis­sion, as she looks over to Cap­tain Cas­sian An­dor (Diego Luna), the in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer who must keep her in line. She’s fight­ing along­side such Rebels as Saw Ger­rera (For­est Whi­taker), Chirrut Imwe (Don­nie Yen), Baze Mal­bus (Jiang Wen) and new droid K-2S0 (voiced by Alan Tudyk), as led by Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly).

As we’ve seen con­sis­tently in all the trail­ers, Rogue One piv­ots into a war pic­ture as the Rebels en­gage - with the highly an­tic­i­pated Darth Vader ap­pear­ing, again voiced by James Earl Jones.

The new teaser is ti­tled “Breathe”, and the Sith, as guided by direc­tor Or­son Kren­nic (Ben Men­del­sohn), will no doubt chal­lenge Jyn’s abil­ity to use the Force.

Rogue One opens De­cem­ber 16 in North Amer­ica.

– The Wash­ing­ton Post

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