Thursday, August 18, 2016

New trailer for 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' is flat-out awesome

We're just under four months away from the theatrical release of Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and before last week, I must admit that I really wasn't feeling the excitement at all. There was more of a weary feeling in the air- with reports of reshoots, tonal issues, and studio interference, the sense was that Disney was creating a Suicide Squad-level disaster. As Rogue One is the first stand-alone Star Wars film, this news was troubling for everyone involved. The studio would still have to convince people that non-trilogy Star Wars flicks could be good, the fans would be deprived of the gritty action flick they desperately wanted, and movie fans would be left with another butchered cut of a blockbuster. These reports were far from confirmed (in fact, they were often denied), but they came from mostly credible outlets with a track record of hitting the nail on the head. So with all of that said, there was a lot riding on last week's trailer debut during the Olympics. The anticipation was high, Disney had a chance to hit a mainstream audience, and they needed to knock it out of the park. And they truly did. Check out the trailer below!

What reshoots?

Yeah, this trailer is phenomenal in just about every way. While there's still reason to be concerned that Disney has toned things down here, this 2 minute trailer gives us plenty of gritty battle scenes and a darker mood. If there's one complaint I had about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was that the film didn't take us to many new worlds. Desert planet, ice planet, forest planet, Death Star- we've seen it all before. With Rogue One, Edwards and Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy seem intent on going to brand new places. The whole visual look is fresh and exciting, with beaches and temples and all sorts of Star Wars-y stuff. I love Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso so far, and that supporting cast is phenomenal. The news of a messy production will always be around in the back of my head, but after this trailer, Disney has sold me entirely. After all- who wouldn't get excited by seeing Darth Vader?

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, Alan Tudyk, Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, James Earl Jones, Jimmy Smits, and Forest Whitaker, and will hit theaters on December 16.

Image Credit: IMDB

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