Going supernova

The teaser trailer for the new Star Wars film has been released. This is not a film that belongs to the main saga, but like the cartoon TV series tells the story of a rebel alliance individual in the Star Wars Universe. Rogue One occurs in the period between Episode III and IV, it tells the story of a group of rebel fighters on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. It stars the British actress Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), who plays a ‘reckless, aggressive and undisciplined’ rebel fighter called Jyn Erso. If you are Disney and need to make your money back on buying the franchise, this will be how it goes until 2020. 

The story appears straightforward, with classic iconic Star Wars machines making appearances, including AT-ATs, the X-Wings, classic Star Destroyers and the Death Star itself (from episode IV). Some of the old characters are there, like General Mon Mothma, who appeared in Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith. There is a mysterious Imperial commander and possibly a young Wilhuff Tarkin, the Governor of the Outer Rim who blew up Alderaan with the Death Star. This film introduces another version of storm troopers with darker outfits, one of whom is played by Forest Whitaker.

The film is directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla and Monsters). The cast also includes Mads Mikkelsen and Riz Ahmed. The film opens on December the 16th, expect as with the most recent Star Wars film for a couple of twists. No doubt there will be more teasers as the release date draws closer.