Star Wars: Rogue One

Trailer Time: Star Wars Rogue One Teaser #1 (2016) *Oh My Holy Nerd!*

It’s fortunate that we got Episode VII on Blu Ray this week, because otherwise, Star Wars fans would be stuck on a loop watching this for weeks.  Here’s our first look at Star Wars: Rogue One, the first spin-off in the history of the saga.  Directed by Gareth Edwards, this first look (pause while I watch it for the fourth time), does not disappoint.  It clearly establishes Felicity Jones’ character (two Star Wars films, two female leads, awesome) and places us in the days of A New Hope.

Start picking apart every frame!  Felicity Jones is joined by, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Forest Whitaker. Star Wars: Rogue One will open December 16, 2016.
Felicity Jones, Star Wars: Rogue One

5 thoughts on “Trailer Time: Star Wars Rogue One Teaser #1 (2016) *Oh My Holy Nerd!*”

  1. OK. First of all, this is obviously the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen, ever, and it solidifies my total faith in Disney.

    However…

    I am worried that the general public will see the Death Star, and be turned off because they’ll think it’s the fourth Star Wars movie to feature a Death Star as the main plot point. The world is not comprised of nerds, and this trailer does not provide adequate context (i.e. the film being set just prior to ANH). That worries me a little.

    1. I think this places everyone firmly back at A New Hope, and there’s going to be so much relentless marketing that I don’t think anyone will be confused, and if they are, who cares? They’re still going to go and they’ll figure it out quickly. One rumor that’s eating up fans is that Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso is Rey’s mother. Timeline-wise, I don’t see it. Given the number of Bothans that are going to eat it on this mission, who knows if Erso even makes it out of the film?

      1. The Bothans died getting info on Death Star II, my friend.

        I don’t think this trailer does automatically put your average viewer back to ANH, only because the iconography of TFA was so similar to the original trilogy’s. And it’s not confusion I’m worried about. After three death stars, I’m worried that people will actually find it comical when they see one again in this trailer. First impressions are important, and this whole enterprise depends on variety, variety, variety. It’s not a foregone conclusion that everyone in the universe will keep going to see these movies. Now is the moment when Disney needs to convey how many different types of stories can be told in this universe, and as cool as this trailer is to us nerds, let’s just say I’m waiting to see the reaction of people when I see the trailer in a crowded theater.

        Also, where is Vader? Sometimes holding back is a good idea, but in this case Vader is going to be the biggest selling point, and the one big factor that will make this movie as much of a must-see as TFA was.

        I don’t think there’s a timeline problem regarding Rey’s parentage. Luke was pretty young himself at the time of the Battle of Yavin. If Jyn is Rey’s mom it would be extremely predictable, but also a good way of tying the franchise together. We shall see!

      2. Doh about the Bothans. Vader is in one frame of this trailer I believe and you can see that in the post from today. I think you will see a lot more recognized characters in the full trailer, but they wanted to showcase the new first. This is six months before ANH. Luke is 19 then. If Jyn survived the original trilogy she’d be older than Luke but in range. Rey is 19 in TFA though so she would have had her in her late thirties or early forties. I dunno. Not against it but I don’t think it likely.

      3. OK fair enough, but do we know exactly how old Jyn is in this movie? Also, that one shot you mentioned was enough to show a guy like me that Vader’s in the movie, but as for the rest of the population… there have been a lot of menacing star wars villains dressed in black. I want, nay demand, a new Star Wars film every year for the rest of my life, and if I’m being critical, it’s only because I’m worried this whole thing is not going to work, and I want it to. A lot.

        BTW… Erik Bauersfeld, the man who was Admiral Ackbar… he has become one with the Force. RIP.

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