In Star Wars terms, at this point in time waiting for Rogue One to drop feels as though we’re stood around in orange boiler suits as Admiral Ackbar prepares to give a rousing, spittle ridden speech, or we’re perched above the Sarlacc Pit having saluted R2. We’re nearly there.
Whilst this age of multiple trailers and teasers for trailers mean that some films suffer from marketing overkill, Rogue One appears to have been very smart in showing very little, and repackaging it in a slightly different way each time.
The latest snippet, titled ‘Trust’, is possibly the most effective one yet. It’s wonderfully edited to the familiar beats of Michael Giacchino channelling John William’s iconic score, and recycles some of the most thrilling imagery from the previous trailers; Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) striding to the end of a gangway as a TIE Fighter rises into view, and the AT-AT’s at the beach. There’s a real visual and narrative momentum that you hope translates to the entire film.
It shows us more of Alan Tudyk’s K-2SO, who has the unenviable task of following in BB-8’s ballprint, whilst also trying to avoid being a 3PO clone or [shudder] Jar-Jar Binks style comedic relief. This teaser appears to allay such fears, as he casually tosses a grenade over his shoulder, and offers sarcastic rebuttals.
Further accentuating the team element to Rogue One, we get more of Donnie Yen’s Chirrut Imwe, as both narrator and kick-ass resistant fighter, and Wen Jiang’s bazooka shooting, wise-cracking Baze Malbus. With Gareth Edwards assertion that this is a war movie, it’s clear that we’re going to get a rounded roll call of characters to fret about, especially with the briefly glimpsed Darth Vader looking to practice his death choke.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story docks on December 15th.