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7 New Things We Learned from Final ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer (Photos)

There it is: the third and final domestic trailer for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” This thing is absolutely covered in new footage — very little of it, in fact, is recycled from previous trailers. That makes this last “Rogue One” trailer pretty unusual in that there’s plenty  of stuff we didn’t know before to glean from it. So let’s do that now.

1. It’s gonna have at least one flashback

This is a relatively new phenomenon in “Star Wars” movies, but “The Force Awakens” had one and now “Rogue One” does as well — that’s two of two in the Disney era. This one will take us back to the hero Jyn Erso’s (Felicity Jones) childhood on Space Iceland or whatever that planet is called, where we’ll see the Imperial Director Krennic call on Jyn’s father Galen (Mads Mikkelsen) to help build the grandest of all Imperial weapons: the Death Star. There will be more on this in the “Rogue One” prequel novel, “Catalyst,” which will be out in November.

2. We finally got a good look at Mads Mikkelson

Speaking of Galen, we actually see him in this trailer — he was conspicuously absent from all the previous marketing materials. He looks….perfectly normal, which is a bit of a surprise because Mikkelsen was also held back from Entertainment Weekly’s big character reveal earlier this year for reasons unknown — I guess I was expecting there to be some spoilery reason for the lack of a previous reveal. But now we see him, and it is good.

3. The Rebels are gonna break Jyn Erso out of jail

The new trailer appears loaded with first act stuff (as it should be). We see Jyn being held in what appears to be Imperial custody when the Rebels break in and get her out in order to recruit her for their big mission to steal the Death Star plans. And other dialogue tells us that her family connection to that mechanical monstrosity is the reason she’s being chosen to lead said mission.

4. No mystery box for “Rogue One”

The trailers for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” were notoriously irritating for their complete lack of plot details — you could watch all its trailers and have no real idea of what its plot was about. That mystery box isn’t present for “Rogue One,” though, and we’re thankful for it. I’m sure there will be surprises along the way, but kudos to Disney for not pretending all basic plot information is spoilers the way the “TFA” marketing did.



5. The “Rogue One” callsign is improvised.

“They are requesting a callsign,” the droid member of the squad, K-2S0 (Alan Tudyk) says. In reply, Riz Ahmed‘s Bodhi Rook seems to make one up off the top of his head: Rogue One. And that’s the title of the movie! It speaks to the sort of slapdash nature of the Rebellion, so I have no complaints.

6. There’s gonna be a big space battle

Something a lot of folks thought was pretty weird about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was its lack of really anything eventful happening in space — all the big starship battles actually happened in planetary atmospheres. We hadn’t seen any space battles in the “Rogue One” trailers either, until this one showed us some X-Wings in a battle around a space station. Good, good.

7. Did we just see what it looks like from ground level when the Death Star shoots a planet?

This is speculation, based on this single shot from the trailer. That massive explosion could be caused by anything, but my money is on the Empire testing out the Death Star’s superlaser. It looks sick, whatever it is.


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