Each new spot released for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reveals a juicier bite of the plot, and the latest trailer is no exception. The trailer debuted on Good Morning America and tugs at the heartstrings right from the beginning, as we see a young Jyn Erso watch as something happens to the father, leading to their separation. We quickly learn what the Empire wanted with Jyn’s dad, and that this man who set out to protect his daughter has ended up putting the entire galaxy in danger.
(Hint: he had something to do with a certain large space object that’s no moon.)
Jyn herself has more of the plucky, optimistic hero about her in this trailer, rallying her ragtag band of rebels with the stirring, t-shirt worthy line: “Rebellions are built on hope.” After wrapping her head around getting broken out of Imperial imprisonment by a bunch of armed strangers, that is.
Directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One hits theaters December 16 on standard screens and 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D. The cast is lead by Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, with her teammates Diego Luna (Cassian Andor), Donnie Yen (Chirrut Imwe), Alan Tudyk (voice of K-2SO), Riz Ahmed (Bodhi Rook), with Jiang Wen (Baze Malbus) and Forest Whitaker (Saw Gerrera). Mads Mikkelsen plays Jyn’s father, Galen, and Ben Mendelsohn is Imperial baddy, Director Orson Krennic.