We have been hearing for the last few week that a trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was due sometime in mid-October. This morning on Good Morning America, the final theatrical trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has just released. In short, it was breathtaking and wonderfully made with Felicity Jones’s character Gyn Erso, front, and center. The trailer opens with an important scene in the early part of the film of Galen Erso approached by Director Orson Krennic and his Death Troopers. This scene takes place during the time of the Clone Wars as indicated by the upcoming companion novel Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno. This short backstory was revealed when online book retailers published the synopsis for the book which will be released  November 15th.

Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue of his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.

We see young Gyn in this trailer getting ready to enter a life of survival on her own. Which inevitably lands her in Imperial prison until she is set free by the Rebellion. This action starts the gears in motion as her new mission becomes the last hope for the Galaxy.

I loved this trailer from it’s pacing and score to its fantastic imagery. Darth Vader is in this trailer in a modest way and incredibly menacing in one shot as he walks to center screen toward Director Krennic. What I appreciate most from this trailer and I’m sure the film, is the overwhelming sense of real fear conveyed to the viewer. This new part of our saga will be the first film that honestly and truly makes you fear the Empire and the stranglehold they have around the throat of free people across the Galaxy. I remember when the first images began to push the tagline of “Hope,” for the first time I begin to understand why it’s so important. This is particularly the case at the end of the trailer when we hear Saw Gerrera played by Forest Whitaker say “Save the Rebellion, Save the dream!”. These are what moments of desperation look and sound like as they hammer home bone-quaking fear.

I have high hopes for this film regardless of what the Hollywood Trades hint at and all the ruckus around the reshoots. I believe this story was a great pitch to Kathy Kennedy by the legendary Lucasfilm CCO John Knoll and a worthy first spin-off film in our new era of Star Wars. Every still frame should bring an incredible sense of pride and accomplishment to the individuals of this production. An honest and sincere well done.

Enjoy the trailer everyone.

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Max Palas
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