New Star Wars Rogue One trailer hints at big character death

Could this character be about to meet their end?

Darth Vader - Rogue One
Lord Vader walking with a purpose The sith lord is back Image LucasFilm

The new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has dropped a big hint that one of the main characters will potentially be meeting their demise at the hands of Darth Vader.

It had been heavily rumoured, but now it’s confirmed that Mads Mikkelsen will be playing Galen Erso, the father of Felicity Jones’s Jyn Erso, in the spinoff film.

The trailer has given an insight into one of the film’s main plot threads, which looks like it will revolve around Galen being recruited (somewhat against his will it would seem) to help build the Death Star.

This will lead to Jyn and her rebel allies launching a mission to stop/rescue her father before its too late. But there’s a snippet in the trailer that suggests it may already be too late for Galen…

Darth Vader - Rogue One
Lord Vader walking with a purpose The sith lord is back Image LucasFilm

It must be said at this point that this is purely speculation right now. However, if you look closely at these two intercut scenes, firstly you see Darth Vader walking through some smoke like something out of Stars in Their Eyes – definitely a commanding walk with a purpose, not totally unlike his introductory scene near the start of A New Hope.

It’s presumed here that’s Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) standing in front of him awaiting his arrival, but if you look closely at the next shot…

Mads Mikkelsen
Galen Erso meets his end? could this be a subtle spoiler? Image LucasFilm

That’s Galen down on the ground with a look on his face that suggests he has accepted his fate as he looks up at a figure looming over him – could this be Vader? If so, it might be a crafty bit of trailer splicing to hint that Galen will be killed by Lord Vader himself?

It’s certainly a theory; the Empire isn’t exactly averse to discarding those who have served their purpose, especially if Galen was somewhat reluctant to offer the Empire his services in the first place.

We’ll know for sure when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits cinema screens on December 16.

Watch the new trailer for Rogue One below:

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Loaded digital reporter Oli Palmer has been writing about film/TV since 2013. Follow Oli on Twitter at @olipalmer