Saturday, August 13, 2016
Force in Focus: Rogue One Trailer
We've learned a little bit more about Rogue One since the first teaser trailer was released back in April, notably that both Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa and Darth Vader will be making appearances in the film, and that Forest Whitaker is playing Saw Guerra, a character first introduced in one of the better Clone Wars arcs (there's also been some info released about some of the planets seen in the film and a few snippets about some of the other characters). This week, Disney unveiled a new trailer during Olympic coverage on NBC, which shortly thereafter hit the internet. Here's five standout things from the latest look at the new movie.
Atmospheric Star Destroyer
Old Star Wars canon suggested that Imperial Star Destroyers (as opposed to the ones used by the Republic during the Clone Wars) weren't atmospheric, but here we've got a pretty amazing shot of one hovering over some kind of mesa on a planet, so that's apparently changed. Which is fine, because that's a pretty awesome shot.
One of the big disappointments in The Force Awakens was a relative lack of new ships. Rogue One, despite taking place in the past, appears poised to rectify that, with a new Rebel craft, the U-Wing, which is apparently more of a troop transport ship than a traditional fighter (making for a nifty in-universe explanation for its absence from, say, the Battle of Endor). This trailer gives us a pretty good profile shot of one.
Upside Down Death Star
Of course, in space, all direction is relative, so the Death Star isn't anymore upside down in this shot than it is right-side up when it's flipped the other way, but it's cool to see a more nimble Death Star in this film, shot in some fun, clever and different ways (see also: the shot in this trailer of the Death Star apparently causing a solar eclipse) than the understandably-limited "orb hanging in space" of New Hope.
The second Force Awakens trailer ended with the instant-classic line of "Chewie, we're home" as Han and Chewbacca burst onto the Millennium Falcon. The quick shot of Darth Vader at the end of this trailer isn't nearly as fist-pumping, but it's still electrifying to see that gleaming helmet and catch a brief snippet of the iconic breathing for a moment.
As with The Force Awakens trailer, this one re-purposes some classic Star Wars themes to great use, both the quiet, twinkly rendition of the Imperial March and later, the slow build to a more dirge-like iteration of the Force/Luke theme. Hopefully some of that (or something like it) will make it into the final film (which is being scored by Alexandre Desplat, not John Williams).