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The Rogue One trailer has finally been released and boy was it worth the wait. The film follows Felicity Jones's character, Jyn Erso, as she leads a team of rebels and mercenaries to steal the plans to the first Death Star. Set right before [Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope](tag:3531492), Rogue One will set up the original trilogy in ways we never expected.

Although the trailer didn't reveal much about the plot, we got a glimpse at the truly brutal side of the star war, as well as a cryptic hint about Jyn Erso's possible defection to the Empire.

Just in case you didn't catch all of those hints about the wider story, here's what we learned from the trailer itself, and why Rogue One might just be the most important Star Wars movie yet.

Jyn Erso: Rebel With A Cause

Felicity Jones will lead the Rogue One story, as her character Jyn Erso goes from a disillusioned rogue to a full-blown rebel soldier.

Felicity Jones is Jyn Erso
Felicity Jones is Jyn Erso

Jyn isn't another Luke Skywalker; the trailer makes it clear from the get go that this woman has been causing all kinds of trouble for the Empire already, from beating up Stormtroopers to stealing Imperial files.

Clearly, this is why she's caught the Rebellion's interest, but Mon Mothma seems wary of Jyn's confrontational personality.

"On your own from the age of 15. Reckless, aggressive, and undisciplined."

Hmmm, does this remind you of anyone? Jyn might be persuaded to join the Rebellion, but it's possible that the Empire might just coerce her into defecting. At least, that's what the final shot of the trailer teases.

Could Jyn turn to the Dark Side?
Could Jyn turn to the Dark Side?

Yup, that's Jyn Erso in Imperial uniform, possibly Death Trooper armor minus the helmet. That breastplate does look suspiciously similar to Darth Vader's own armor. So, is she undercover, or has she joined the Empire after all?

The Mission

Jyn Erso's mission, should she choose to accept it (and we can all assume she does), is to find out exactly what the Empire's mysterious new weapon is.

Of course, we know it's the Death Star, but if you didn't get that from the exterior shots of the superweapon, the distinctive Death Star claxon alarm will have tipped you off. So, who's joining Jyn on her mission?

The Team

The character Jyn seems to strike up a friendship with is played by Diego Luna.

Diego Luna is Jyn's rebel teammate.
Diego Luna is Jyn's rebel teammate.

We still don't have a name for him, but MakingStarWars recently reported that his name could be Cassein Willix. (This isn't official, but they were right about Jyn Erso's name.)

As for the other members of the team, we caught a glimpse of Donnie Yen kicking some Stormtrooper butt.

As well as Forrest Whittaker's character giving Jyn a cryptic warning.

“What will you do when they catch you? What will you do if they break you? If you continue to fight, what will you become?"

Whittaker's character design is seriously cool, blending heavy duty armor with very Star Wars-esque robes.

Forrest Whittaker issues a warning
Forrest Whittaker issues a warning

What is his history? Has he fought against the Empire before? And does he speak from experience?

Return Of The Rebel

And then, of course, there's Mon Mothma, the Rebel leader from Return of the Jedi, who seems to be the one to recruit Jyn Erso into the Rebellion.

Mon Mothma returns in Rogue One.
Mon Mothma returns in Rogue One.

A beloved character from the original films, Mon Mothma also appeared frequently in the non-canon Expanded Universe. More recently, she was supposed to feature in Revenge of the Sith. Genevieve O'Reilly portrayed Mon Mothma in the prequel but her scenes were deleted. However, she seems to be reprising this role in Rogue One.

The Villains

Before we get to the black clad, red lightsaber-wielding elephant in the room, let's take a look at the main antagonist for Rogue One

Grand Moff Tarkin, or someone new?
Grand Moff Tarkin, or someone new?

Many fans suspect that this is Grand Moff Tarkin, who has been teased to appear in Rogue One. However, we're pretty sure this is a new character, thanks to the uniform. The white robes are a new look, and the rank on this character's chest is different from that which Tarkin wears. Stay tuned on details for this mysterious antagonist.

Where's Darth Vader?

Fans were expecting to see Darth Vader in the Rogue One trailer, as his appearance in the film was confirmed a few months ago.

When will we see Darth Vader?
When will we see Darth Vader?

Darth Vader's inclusion in Rogue One is one of the most exciting things about the film, as we'll finally get to see this ruthless Imperial soldier on the battlefield. However, the trailer merely teased his entrance, using the Imperial March theme and Vader's iconic mechanical breathing over the final shot of Jyn.

Original Film References

But until we see Darth Vader in the flesh, at least we can bask in the other awesome moments of the trailer. Like the seriously terrifying AT-ATs...

The Imperial shuttle getting blown up...

And the Rebel Alliance in action.

Oh boy, I cannot wait for December!


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