Rogue One I was sceptical about, seeings as how I wasn't sure what direction it would go in, but I remained hopeful. Despite my scepticism, it still rocketed into my most anticipated film of 2016 list (that I... um... never actually made. But it had the number 1 spot). The film is directed by Gareth Edwards, the man behind the brilliant 'Godzilla' movie we got two years back. Add to that the a-list cast, including Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker and Alan Tudyk, amongst many others, and I'm sold. After watching this first trailer, my expectations have instantly risen, bursting through the roof and shooting all the way into the stars. Rogue One is looking like the Star Wars prequel we deserve.
One of the first reveals of this trailer is that Felicity Jones is playing a character named Jyn Erso. One internet user came up with the theory that she's Rey's mother. Do I believe this? Absolutely not. Would it be cool? Yeah, maybe. I don't want it to happen, though. But this trailer does give us a short snippet of her character, and I love what I see. She's rebelling, taking down stormtroopers left, right and centre, and it's this rebellion fighting that gets her taken in by Mon Mothma, a character from the original trilogy. Rogue One certainly did not need to have an original trilogy character in it, but having one is a nice nod to the fans, and it certainly feels like it's a part of the universe we know and love. I doubt Mothma will have a very big role to play, but I like that she's in there, and I have strong suspicions she won't be the only original trilogy member making an appearance, aside from Darth Vader, obviously, who has been semi-confirmed to be in the movie.
The best part about The Force Awakens' advertising was that the film's plot was well hidden. With Rogue One, this is not the case. Advertising this movie without giving us a glimpse at the plot wouldn't work in this film's favour. The Force Awakens sold itself, whereas Rogue One needed to convince people of its existence, and it did a damn good job at it. A group of rebels, led by Jyn, are trying to stop the Death Star from performing a test-run, presumably blowing up a planet, or something of the sorts. It's a simple plot, but it could work very well, and I'm excited to see where it goes. The Death Star isn't the only familiar weapon we see, either, as we get a good look at some AT-ATs at the end of the trailer, firing down towards a group of rebels. I have two words to describe that moment.... FUCK and YEAH. Now THAT is the sort of stuff I want to see in this movie.