I’ve been so wrapped up in The Force Awakens and Episode VIII’s filming that I haven’t been paying attention to Rogue One. I had a vague recollection that it was about stealing the Death Star plans (as referenced in A New Hope), but the internet’s made such hoopla about casting Han Solo that I didn’t realize the film was trailer-ready. But behold! The trailer is here, setting hopes and excitement high. Felicity Jones is Jyn Erso, a wayward (dare I say rogueish) young woman recruited to the alliance.
First off, I love the look of this film. Although today’s technology allows for cleaner, crisper cinematography, the surroundings glimpsed in the trailer definitely feel authentic to the original trilogy. One of the problems I had with the prequels was that everything was just so shiny, clean, and colorful that I had a hard time believing it was the past of the Star Wars universe. Not so here.
A lot of big names attached to the film aren’t seen in this trailer, but we do have the benefit of learning quite a bit about Jyn. She’s been on her own since the age of fifteen, and she’s no stranger to criminal behavior. Apparently that’s why she’s caught the eye of the Rebel Alliance, who would like to employ her skills, if she can tolerate taking orders.
Speaking of which, I AM PUMPED to see Mon Mothma return. Even though she was only in Return of the Jedi for twenty six seconds, she always stood out to me with her “Many Bothans died to bring us this information.” I can’t help but think a parallel will be made in Rogue One as Jyn Erso and company work to retrieve intel on Death Star 1.0.
There aren’t any Jedi around, but there’s plenty of fashionable robes and fancy fightin’ styles. I’m very curious about Donnie Yen’s character, who wields a staff against Stormtroopers, as well as Ben Mendelsohn’s white-clad antagonist. An interesting swap of color allegiances, especially since there’s also black-armored Stormtroopers about. Could they be Darktroopers?
Jyn definitely seems to be the leader of the team, but I wonder if that will be a source of conflict in the film. Is it going to be the scenario of lone individuals thrown together and forced to work for a common cause? And does anyone else feel the sinister undertone of “If you continue to fight, what will you become?” Jyn’s clearly wearing the symbol of the Empire on her sleeve in that last shot – is it simply a disguise to infiltrate the enemy, or will she be drawn to the Dark Side?