Among the rumored reasons Gareth Edwards and the Rogue One cast were purportedly reshooting bits of the film was to lighten its tone; in that regard, to make it more in the vein of The Force Awakens. But it’s precisely its dark and serious tone that makes this trailer — and hopefully, the whole movie — so compelling. The idea of a desperate mission to stop the Death Star’s completion, to combat Vader and the Empire, is exactly what we want to see. Star Wars has never been only lightness; it is the necessary dark side that balances its worlds and makes both its heroes and villains entice our conflicting emotions. No person is strictly good or evil, and finding characters’ struggles as they battle within themselves is as important to our connection to the universe itself.
It is glorious to have as ambiguous a female lead as Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones): “Can you be trusted without your shackles?” In film, we’re so used to the dubious, macho male figures heading up dangerous missions. And while this movieworld reversal is monumental, in Star Wars-land, it simply feels natural. We’re long used to its female leaders and heroines and it’s high time all worlds collide. Speaking of … don’t stop watching trailer 2 (first here) after the end title.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen (I still feel like my head will explode seeing Mendelsohn and Mikkelsen in the same movie), Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk, Jonathan Aris, and Jimmy Smits; it slides into theaters December 16th.