It's an interesting and bold move for Disney and Lucasfilm to follow the wildly successful Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a film that doesn't continue the established narrative. Instead, Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story jumps back to a 'A New Hope' and the Rebellion as it gears up for a daring operation against the Empire. But just as the Force binds all living beings together, this early storyline has ramifications on everything that follows.
The first trailer for 'Rogue One' has arrived and if there was a way to pump up the excitement for Disney's expanded Star Wars universe, this was it. Everybody knows that Princess Leia had the Death Star plans in her possession in 'A New Hope', placing them inside R2-D2 so they could be found by Obi Wan Kenobi. But how did they get them in the first place? That's the story being told here, as a band of rebels set forth to steal the plans so they could blow the battle station to smithereens. Felicity Jones stars as the roguish Jyn Erso, who we see being put in command of the mission by Rebel leader, Mon Mothma.
With Ben Mendelsohn as a brand new villain and Donnie Yen using some form of martial art to kick Stormtrooper butt, this doesn't look like any other Star Wars film we've seen before, which in itself is hugely exhilarating. Also starring Diego Luna, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, and Riz Ahmed, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens December 16th.