Whoaaa. While most new Star Wars trailers tend to drop in the wee hours of the morning, Disney just blasted one out right as most people on the east coast were prepping for bed. Thanks, Olympics!
Here’s the second trailer for Rogue One, the first of Disney’s spinoff/origin movies, which is coming out on December 18th — or a little more than four months from now.
—— If you’re not watching the trailer but for some reason clicked into this post, heads up: spoilers/trailer discussion from here on out ——
I’m not going to do the GIF-by-GIF teardown like we’ve done with previous trailers because that seems a little silly for a prequel (IT WAS TOTALLY NOT SILLY BEFORE, SHH). Instead, my second-by-second thoughts while watching:
0:07: Hey! That’s Saw Gerrera (played by Forest Whitaker), a resistance leader. He’s not new to Star Wars canon — he appeared, albeit much more animated and much less Forest Whitakered, in the Clone Wars series — but he’s new to the movies. Most people won’t know him going into this.
0:30: This is Disney’s subtle way of saying “this is a prequel” without putting the word “prequel” anywhere near this one.
1:03: New robot! That’s K-2SO (not K-250 as people have been getting wrong). He reminds me of a mashup of C-3PO and the 2-1B droid that patches up Luke in Empire.
1:24: “NEVER TELL ME THE ODDS!”
1:25: Oh hey, wouldn’t you know, EA is already working on the Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One expansion.
1:34: DEAR EA PLEASE LET ME SHOOT AT-ATs WITH A ROCKET LAUNCHER THANKS
1:39: Hyperdrive in the trailer? That seems like something they could’ve left for a theater-audience-loses-it OH SHIT moment.
1:51: Oh, guess it’s over
1:54: OH MAN ITS NOT OVER ITS NOT OVER