Not Your Father’s Rebellion


 

To coincide with the home release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney has released the first teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (the official title for future anthology films). If you haven’t watched it yet, here’s your chance -or if you’re like me, just seeing the video is an excuse to watch it again:

If both Rogue One and The Force Awakens are any indication, Disney has this “teaser-trailer” thing down to a science. Our first look at Rogue One offers just enough information to latch onto the idea of these new side-quels. We meet Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a new character for the Star Wars universe, as she’s brought in for questioning by the leaders of the Rebellion. They run down her rap sheet, mostly crimes against the Empire, and in what seems like a sound business decision- they offer this rebel a cause worth fighting for.

What follows is a whirlwind of new characters, classic Star Wars iconography repurposed and reimagined (that AT-AT beach scene!), and an ominous voice over by a new character played by Forest Whitaker. Aside from the lure of exploring a side story (mentioned only in passing in A New Hope), the real excitement here is seeing a return to the classic era of Star Wars that we’ve all come to know front to back and so on.

It’s great to see Gareth Edwards embracing concepts and images that were cut by George Lucas and Ralph McQuarrie when designing the original film. It allows Rogue One to be even more heavily steeped in Star Wars lore, both on and off screen.

I’m optimistic about this one. Despite not loving The Force Awakens, I’m quite excited for the future of the Star Wars franchise, even if our bodies will be cold and withered by the time it ends. Plus Godzilla (’14) is a great indication that Edwards can alternate between impressive large scale set pieces and intimate character moments. In fact I’d argue he does Spielberg better than Abrams does, so if all goes well, Rogue One could be as compelling as this newest trilogy, and a vital piece of Star Wars canon.

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