Can Star Wars: Rogue One achieve the impossible?

Will Star Wars loyalists finally have the opportunity to experience a story that equals or surpasses the first two films? The more Disney promotes Star Wars: Rogue One, the more likely this seems (while last year’s The Force Awakens was excellent, it was anything but original –  and I’m not even going to mention the other three films directed by Mr Lucas). An authentic, adult Star Wars film with a decent script appeared to be an impossibility even a few years ago. A great deal has changed since George Lucas sold the franchise to Disney and after Star Wars: The Force Awakens took the box office by storm.

Set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope (the sixth and first Star Wars films), Star Wars: Rogue One focuses on a group of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones) is the group’s leader, a defiant, independent operator, apparently chosen by the Rebel Alliance for her family connection. Her nemesis is Orson Krennic, director of Advanced Weapons Research for the Imperial military, played by Ben Mendelsohn.

A new, second trailer suggests that Darth Vader will have more than just a cameo. The new trailer also features some impressive visuals, including imperial walkers in battle, Forest Whitaker on a robotic leg, storm troopers on the march, and a tantalising glimpse of a carving of a Jedi Knight in stone – an archaeological relic perhaps preserved by the Rebel Alliance?

“The power we are dealing with here is immeasurable”, says Orson Krennic.

The trailer also reveals that Jyn Erso’s father Galen Erso (played by Mads Mikkelsen) may have been forced to build the Death Star for the Empire.

I was impressed with the first trailer and teaser, but this second official trailer has me waiting with great anticipation for the next chapter. The first spin-off Star Wars film, Star Wars: Rogue One, will arrive in cinemas 15 December.

Watch the latest Star Wars: Rogue One trailer above and view character and posters in the slide show below.

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Reading John Christopher's The Tripods and Arthur C. Clarke's The City and the Stars started John on his science fiction journey at a young age. He has read way too many science fiction novels and owns an absurd number of electronic devices he never has time to use. John founded the Galactic Brain website. You can read John's short stories here. He's currently finishing his first science fiction novel and lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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