The "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" second official promo footage is out. And, it's also the last of its kind ahead of the film's release in theaters worldwide starting Dec. 16, 2016.
The trailer, which has accrued more than 6 million views in just less than a day after it was published, does a great job telling a brief narrative of what fans can expect, story-wise, in the upcoming movie without revealing too much.
It's a short film in itself, but its appeal makes you want to see the longer version more. It's what you are mostly looking for in a promo teaser. And, since it's the final trailer, the showrunners made sure that their last ditch stand to entice moviegoers will come across.
The Trailer Reveals Some Details About the Film
The trailer sets out with the vicious Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn), director of Advanced Weapons Research for the empire, leading a Death Troopers party whose mission is to take Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) to help them make the death star a reality.
Erson, then, tells his young daughter Jyn that he'll do things only to ensure her protection. It was seemingly a flashback as viewers can see the grown up girl (Felicity Jones) locked up in prison by the empire. She would soon find her freedom after a daring rescue from the rebels led by Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna).
From there she would learn about her father's involvement in the creation of the deadly weapon. And, that would be the biggest motivation for Jyn to join the team of ragtags formed together with the mission of stealing the Death Star blueprint.
The rest of the trailer would give fans a glimpse of the other characters, and the epic battle that's about to ensue. Check out the video below.
A Few Side Notes From the Trailer
The trailer answers the question from a lot of the fans regarding the origin of the title. Why is the film called "Rogue One"? As it turned out, it came out of the off-the-cuff effort from the newly formed team to come up with a call sign.
The team was on board the ship, which was about to leave Yavin on the way to their mission, when the base camp needed an identification for the crew. And, Bodhi Rook just came up with the movie title.
Darth Vader made his appearance in the trailer to the delight of the hardcore fans. But, how much he'll have an impact on the film, considering the fact that Director Orson Krennic is perceived to be the main antagonist, remains to be seen.
It was the second straight time in the franchise that the producers decided to go for a female lead character for the film. The main protagonist out to play a significant role in a seemingly impossible mission, while the mystery behind her missing parent hanging in the background, just feels all too familiar.
Lastly, this is one Star Wars episode that's completely bereft of the presence of the jedi--- save for that one colossal artifact half-buried in the sand.