Video: Rogue One A Star Wars Story gets its first trailer

The Death Star doesn't know what's hit it.

On a Star Wars comedown after the dizzying high of The Force Awakens? Don’t panic, there’s a new movie coming and it’s only mere months away.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dispenses with the Jedi to tell a spinoff yarn set between the events of Revenge Of The Sith and the 1977 original. It’s all about a heist to steal the Death Star plans, which ultimately end up in the hands of Luke Skywalker and lead him to blow the base to smithereens at the close of A New Hope.

Rogue One is directed by Monsters and Godzilla filmmaker Gareth Edwards and boasts a cast featuring Oscar nominee Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed and Ben Mendelsohn.

As a pub quiz trivia aside, it’ll be the first Star Wars movie that doesn’t feature a score by John Williams. The music’s in safe hands, though, with Alexandre Desplat taking over orchestral duties.

Felicity Jones and the cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Jyn and her band of rebels Could the trailer have hinted at a potential spoiler? Image Picture courtesy Disney/Lucasfilm

“The absence of the Jedi is omnipresent in the film. It hangs over the whole movie,” Edwards revealed while hyping up the film last year.

“It’s the first individual film that doesn’t have to tee up another movie. It can be its own self-contained story. That’s really exciting because we’re not held to anything – we can be a bit more brave.

“I think this film is going to be quite different, and I think when you see it you should expect the unexpected.”

There may be familiar faces returning, though. Early rumours pegged a certain Darth Vader (played by a returning Hayden Christensen) as featuring in the film.

All will be revealed when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in cinemas on December 16.

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn

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