‘Rogue One’ final trailer excites fans

The first stand-alone ‘Star Wars’ story, the film is set just before ‘A New Hope’ — the original film in the blockbuster series


The final trailer for the hotly-anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dropped on Thursday, giving fans more insight into the beginnings of the saga’s rebel alliance two months ahead of the movie’s release.

The first stand-alone Star Wars story, Rogue One is set just before A New Hope — the original film in the blockbuster series — and stars Felicity Jones as rebel Jyn Erso alongside Mads Mikkelsen and Forest Whitaker.

Following a grand Star Wars tradition, the trailer teases a film preoccupied with the themes of family loyalty and the conflicts of parenthood — with the usual weird aliens, light sabres and storm troopers thrown in for good measure.

“Jyn, whatever I do, I do it to protect you,” Mikkelsen’s Galen Erso tells his little girl at the opening of the 157-second spot, which premiered during ABC’s Good Morning America.

In a big reveal, Galen is shown to be instrumental to the Empire in building their weapon of mass destruction, the Death Star.

The strained father-daughter relationship appears to spur on Jyn — a delinquent with a string of convictions for forgery, assault and theft — as she embarks on a mission to destroy the planet-sized weapon.

The first full-length trailer released in August gave fans their first glimpse of Darth Vader since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith.

Viewers are again treated to a split second cameo by the Dark Lord of the Sith, this time from the front as he listens to the Empire’s Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) boasting about the awesome power of his new toy.

It has not been revealed which actor has been hired for Vader’s latest big screen outing, due to hit theatres in the United States on December 16.

The character was voiced in the original trilogy by James Earl Jones, now 85, while 81-year-old David Prowse donned the iconic cape and helmet.

Last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens made more than $2 billion (Dh7.34 billion) worldwide, and analysts have backed Rogue One to dominate this year’s box office.