ByJack Carr, writer at
You are the Princess Shireen of the House Baratheon, and you are my daughter.
Jack Carr

This morning, the latest trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dropped, and inevitably the internet devoured it in an instant like a starved vulture who hasn't been fed since, uhh, last December.

Yep, the Star Wars thirst is real, and each new Rogue One trailer has delivered something a little different, feeding us scraps without actually revealing too much about Jyn Erso's story. This one, though, reveals plenty. Check it out.

Yes, you should be stoked. Let's break it down.

We begin on a beautiful, deserted beach, a place so pure you know some dark shit is about to go down, because movies only visit deserted landscapes in the moments immediately prior to something dreadful happening. And, right on cue...

That's Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) and his stormtroopers descending on the remote outreach which houses Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen). Galen tells a young Jyn that "whatever I do, I do it to protect you," before Jyn hides and watches her father being taken by Krennic.

We then skip forward twenty years or so. In the present, we find Jyn (Felicity Jones) inside a stormtrooper-guarded cell, the nature of her crime unclear...

After being abruptly released, Jyn is summoned to meet with Mon Mothma (Genevieve O'Reilly), who interrogates her about the last time she was in contact with her father. Mon Mothma believes Galen is "critical to the development of a super-weapon," and elsewhere we see the man in question meet with Krennic, who looks grave.

Although neither man looks any older than in the flashbacks, this scene is presumably present-day, which would debunk theories that Galen is dead and confirm that he is actively working with the Empire on the delivery of the Death Star.

While Jyn, Cassian (Diego Luna) and the crew set off to derail the Empire's plans, a bold Krennic meets with Darth Vader and lectures him on power. Damn, son, that takes balls. The visuals during this scene are pretty stunning.

"We have hope! Rebellions are built on hope!" Jyn tells a fellow rebel who seems doubtful of their ability to sabotage the Death Star plans. If this whole rebel business doesn't work, Jyn could make a living as a motivational speaker.

The obvious overarching theme of this trailer is hope, optimism and the triumph of good over evil, which is reflected in the orchestral score as we see various battles play out on land and in space.

Can Jyn Trust Her Father?

The rebels are convinced they have a chance because, in Jyn's words, "they have no idea we're coming" — clearly there's a mole inside the Empire, seemingly Galen. That's how the rebels came to know about the Death Star in the first place and presumably why they have the element of surprise on their side, but is Galen really an Imperial traitor, or could he double-cross his daughter at the rebels' expense? It almost feels too easy for the rebellion to have this victory handed to them on a plate.

And, finally...

It seems Krennic is reporting directly to Vader. Has he brought Galen to his master as retribution for foiling the Empire's plans, or is he himself about to be punished at Vader's hand? Whatever happens next, it ain't going to be pretty.

Rogue One hits theaters December 16. All screengrabs courtesy of Disney.

Did you spot any Easter Eggs in the trailer, or do you have a cool theory? Share it in the comments...


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