It’s time to look on the brighter side of the end of 2016 with a new international trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The new tease for the first Star Wars spin-off features a bunch of new footage from the film that follows a band of Rebels tasked with getting the plans to the original Death Star. There are some awesome new shots here, like the one seen above, as well as an indication that Jyn Erso’s mother has a strong belief in The Force. Plus, stick around until the end for a new shot of Darth Vader.
The biggest takeaway from all the footage we’ve seen from Rogue One so far is that the cinematography is infinitely better than it was in The Force Awakens. Each shot just feels less artificial and has a certain authentic quality to it, much like the original Star Wars. I think part of it is the brightness of the colors, but generally, it just looks better on camera.
Beyond that, this looks like it will be a great way to start of a new kind of Star Wars movie, a series that will hopefully begin to venture into some uncharted territory with far less familiar characters. While I’m all for seeing what Phil Lord & Chris Miller can do with Han Solo, I’m much more excited about the characters we haven’t met yet and what Star Wars can become as opposed to just filling in the gaps in what we’re already familiar with.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits US theaters on December 16.
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