You’ve probably heard there’s a new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story out. And you’re probably still sitting there mindlessly gawping at those two precious seconds of Darth Vader at the end.
Well, it’s vital you snap out of it. RIGHT NOW. There’s plenty of stuff in the trailer you missed on your first viewing. And, luckily for you, we’ve got a complete cheat sheet below to get you up to speed.
Aren't we nice?
1. We get a good look at Jedha, the new Star Wars planet
A lot of the action in the trailer takes place on Jedha, a small desert moon frosted by a permanent winter, according to the Official Star Wars databank. But this isn’t just a wasteland akin to Tatooine or Jakku; at one time it was a world important to the Jedi Order and now serves as a holy site for pilgrims from across the galaxy who seek spiritual guidance.
2. We may be seeing more model spaceships
Remember JJ Abrams’ commitment to curbing CGI in Star Wars? Looks like Rogue One director Gareth Edwards is following through on that promise. Those Star Destroyers close-ups simply look far too detailed for any computer. Could it actually be a model destroyer? If so, where can we buy one?
3. We’re getting the right Star Destroyers
Here’s one for the hardcore Star Wars nerds, but an interesting nugget of knowledge for all: those Imperial Cruisers are the same type that appear in A New Hope (set just after Rogue One), rather than the slightly altered versions that we see in Empire Strikes back (they've got a larger bridge level). The continuity‘s spot on.
4. The Death Star is upside down
Yes, the massive dish that contains the space station's super weapon is usually at the top. However, this could just be a mind-bending space shot below Jedha, rather than actually how the Death Star will look. Either way, it’s undeniably awesome.
5. The U-Wing has landed
The classic X-Wing appears in the trailer, but its the new U-wing that will take centre stage in Rogue One. Why’s that significant? Because the U-Wing isn’t really a battleship, but “a well-armed swing-wing vessel that must penetrate heavy fire zones to deposit soldiers onto battlefields", according to the Official Star Wars databank.
Expect rebels to be dropped into hot spots throughout Rogue One (literally, judging by the look of this tropical battlefield).
6. Those aren’t AT-ATs
Those large walkers aren’t the colossal machines that wreaked havoc on Hoth in Episode V. They’re actually AT-ACT walkers, cargo carriers that are deployed at major Imperial construction projects.
That raises a simple question: what are they building? (Obvious answer: The Death Star).
7. There may be a force user in the galaxy
He’s got a stick rather than a lightsaber, but the trailer confirms the character Chirrut Îmwe is familiar with the force (“I fear nothing. All is as a the force wills it.”) Whether he’s a forgotten Jedi is yet to be seen. But that would explain how he can blindly take out a platoon of Stormtroopers.
8. A planet will be destroyed…
Or at least severely damaged. At least that’s what we can guess from the apocalyptic scene of flying rubble and rumbling ash clouds in the trailer.
Which planet is it though? Those visible patches of desert aren’t a great omen for Jedha.
9. …and Jyn Erso will be caught in the middle of it
Jyn Erso, Rogue One’s main protagonist, can be seen at the heart of the planet’s destruction alongside fellow rebel Captain Cassian Andor. It looks at though they have to escape by jumping to hyperspace. Why? Again, we bet the entire planet blows.
10. One of the rebels wears an Imperial uniform
We already know that Riz Ahmed (Four Lions) plays Bodhi Rook, the pilot of Jyn’s team. Yet, in the trailer he’s wearing an imperial badge. Is this a sign the rebels will be going undercover? Or is he a bad guy turned good? Or a good guy turned bad? Arrgh!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theatres on 16th December