The trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was released Thursday night during the Rio Olympics, and it looks nothing short of epic.
Two minutes of visual gold is what we’d call this promotional effort, even if we have zero clue what’s actually going on at any point.
That’s not entirely true. The obvious empire vs. rebellion conflict is the crux of the film, even as we’re introduced to a new cast of characters.
We are treated to a healthy dose of Felicity Jones looking like an absolute badass, as well as Diego Luna’s rugged, handsome self.
There is even a cameo by Darth Vader himself.
While Vader’s voice isn’t heard (yet) we do hear his distinctive breathing, albeit for just a fleeting moment as the trailer concludes.
What a time to be alive for a Star Wars fan.
Not only do we have the story of Luke, Leia and The Force with The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Episode VIII, we have new spinoffs.
With Rogue One, we jump back in time to when Vader and his Empire took over the galaxy and the rebellion valiantly stood in its way.
In other words, sometime between Episode III, when Anakin wiped out the Jedi, and and IV, when young adult Luke emerged as his rival.
Pretty awesome, and the iconic universe will expand beyond that. Soon there will also be a standalone Han Solo origin story, as well.
Yes, Disney and Lucasfilm are ensuring that we come as close to #PeakStarWars as humanly possible. But no one we know is whining.
Rogue One, which hits theaters December 16.
It stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Jonathan Aris, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker and Donnie Yen.
As was the case with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, plot details are few and far between in the trailer below – but who cares, honestly?
It’s Star Wars, so you know you’re going to see it multiple times anyway … the producers might as well keep you guessing until then.
Enjoy and tell us what you think of this first look!