The first action-packed clip from Rogue One has landed, and it reveals an exciting insight into Jyn Erso's character.
Felicity Jones made a recent appearance on The Tonight Show, where she did more than intimidate Jimmy Fallon with Jyn's incredible kung fu moves. She unveiled a never-before-seen clip from #RogueOne, which shows a tense stand-off between the rebels and some Imperial stormtroopers:
Aside from confirming that stormtroopers really are the worst shot ever, the scuffle shows an intriguing parallel between Rogue One and #StarWars7. At the risk of being accused of getting lost down Nostalgia Lane after eating one too many 'member berries, let's take a look at what the similarities between the two films tells us:
1. Jujutsu Jyn
If there's one lesson we've learned from #StarWars, it's this: Don't underestimate the women in this galaxy. Jyn is an enigma; a troubled girl who's had a tough go at life. On her own since the age of 15, she's taught herself how to survive— and how to fight. Sound familiar?
Both Rey and Jyn are self-made heroes, with a diverse skill set that makes them valuable additions to the Alliance's endeavors. Rather than seeing their characters go through a hasty montage where a wise old man teaches them everything they need to know about combat, we're introduced to them as already established badasses, with ass-kicking skills that could rival even their best-trained allies— no crash-course necessary.
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2. This Independent Woman Don't Need No Man
From the look of all those dead stormtroopers, Jyn is more than capable of looking after herself— and Cassian's certainly got the message. In fact, the deflated look on his face is certainly reminiscent of another Rebel:
Throughout The Force Awakens, Finn makes repeated attempts to play the hero, especially when it comes to protecting Rey. But time after time, his heroic gestures are brushed aside by Rey, who has no interest in being a damsel in distress. It looks like emasculation may become a recurrent theme in the new movies.
While Leia defied the princess stereotype in many ways, she was still quite reliant on the efforts of both Luke and Han to get them through sticky situation. Jyn, on the other hand, appears to be more similar to Rey, and could end up carrying her team when the going gets tough.
However, the question of a potential romance between Cassian and Jyn is yet to be answered. Is Rey and Finn's seemingly platonic friendship sufficient redemption for Han and Leia, to allow a new love affair to develop in the franchise?
3. This Droid's Not So Robotic After All
Rogue One trailers haven't given us much on Star Wars' newest droid, though they did indicate that K-2SO is quite different to polite, bumbling C-3P0. A former Imperial security droid, Kay-Tuesso has somehow changed his ways and ended up fighting alongside the Rebels; though his sleek black exterior and staunch exchanges with Jyn we've seen so far make him an intimidating presence in the Alliance.
In contrast, The Force Awakens saw a typical return to form for C3PO and R2D2, adding even more of a comedic tone to the new installation:
But as authoritative as Kay-Tuesso appears, the latest clip revealed a more human side to the staunch sidekick. Jyn reactively shoots an oncoming KX-series droid in the heat of battle, much to Kay-Tuesso's shock.
His incredulous response of, "Did you know that wasn't me?" bears a striking similarity to Threepio's oh-so-British witticisms. If you didn't like the comical tone of The Force Awakens, then you might not be too pleased with Rogue One either.
Rogue One premieres December 15— check out the final trailer here: