Holy Rebel Alliance, there’s a new Star Wars trailer for us all!
The first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit the Internet on Thursday, and it’s full of all the Storm Troopers, battle scenes and plucky heroes that we have come to know and love in our Star Wars movies. But if you’re just a little confused about where exactly this movie falls in the greater world of Star Wars movies (and what exactly is going on in the trailer), never fear. Here are the five things you need to know before you start obsessively watching the trailer over and over again.
1. IT’S DIFFERENT THAN ALL THE OTHER STAR WARS
Rogue One is the first of a few planned “anthology” Star Wars movies that take place in the universe but aren’t part of the central “Episode” story. So we’re still in that galaxy far, far away, but we’re not hanging with the Skywalker clan this time around. It’s Guardians of the Galaxymovies. It’s in the same world, but, it’s not the same story, necessarily.
2. IT TAKES PLACE RIGHT BEFORE ‘STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE’
So where does it fit in the wider Star Wars universe? Just a second before we meet Luke, actually. Rogue One is about the Rebel Alliance team that stole the plans for the Death Star, that Luke later used to blow it up in A New Hope. So fans will recognize the original Storm Trooper uniforms, the original Rebels and Empire all back once again.
3. IT HAS AN AWESOME NEW CAST OF CHARACTERS
Ladies and gentlemen, meet your new obsession: Jyn Erso. That’s the hero Oscar-nominee Felicity Jones will be playing in the movie. Joining Jones are Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Forest Whitaker, so suffice to say the cast is stacked. Although we don’t know exactly who everyone’s character is yet, from the trailer we can assume Mendelsohn is playing an Empire official of some kind (did you see his awesome cape, tho) and Luna appears to be the Han to Jones’ Luke. But it’s not just new characters to contend with, we’ve got one very exciting returning face…
4. IT’S BRINGING MON MOTHMA BACK!
Many Bothans died to bring us this trailer, and, apparently, a reappearance of Mon Mothma. Who are we talking about? We’re talking about the Rebel leader seen briefly in The Return of the Jedi, who holds the briefing about the assault on Endor and the re-built Death Star. And while she’s in just the one scene, her memorable line “Many Bothans died to bring us this information” has kept her alive in the Star Wars fandom. She’s back in a Rebel leadership position in Rogue One, although (according to EW) played by a new but very similar-looking actress, Genevieve O’Reilly.
5. IT’S GIVING US ANOTHER INCREDIBLE FEMALE HERO TO ROOT FOR
Rey was only the beginning, it seems. In just a short teaser trailer, Jones’ Jyn has already become a Star Wars hero to hold on to. From what we can see of her in the teaser, she’s young, scrappy and hungry, a great fighter with just a touch of an attitude. We are already rooting for her, and wherever her journey takes us. In a franchise that has offered us great, but few, female heroes over the years, getting two in a row is an incredible feeling for fans, especially ones who can only dress up like Princess Leia so many Halloweens in a row. Bonus: Fans won’t have to look hard to see if the movie passes the Bechdel Test. The trailer does it in its first 30 seconds.
Watch the trailer in all its glory.
Source Cowan: USA Today