rogue one trailer breakdown

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been flying under the radar, waiting for everyone to fully exhaust themselves on Star Wars: The Force Awakens before revealing itself. And oh boy, has it revealed itself. The first trailer is here and it’s a doozy, filled with all kinds of incredible imagery, promising characters, and, for the lack of a more elegant phrase, really cool stuff. And you know what that means – it’s time for a frame-by-frame trailer breakdown.

One word of warning: this article will dive into various internet rumors that have circulated this project for the past year. Some may be true. Some may not. I recommend bringing a pinch of salt along for this particular journey. If you want to know nothing about the film, you should probably turn around now.

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Jet Li has apparently dropped out of the latest XXX film, but Donnie Yen has quickly taken his place. Let’s get really honest for a second: the production has traded up here.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story remains cloaked in mystery. However, now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has started to settle down a bit, details of the upcoming spin-off film (set in the days before the original 1977 Star Wars and following the Rebel soldiers who steal the Death Star plans) should soon start to trickle out at reasonable pace. Soon being the key word there. In the meantime, we have to rely on whatever the rumor mill has been churning out…and the rumor mill has been very busy.

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We and the rest of the internet are all about The Force Awakens right now, but that doesn’t mean we’re just ignoring the rest of the Star Wars universe. After the jump:

  • This lightsaber is actually an elegant flask for a more civilized age.
  • Peek at the Star Wars Land float for this year’s Rose Parade.
  • See a cool piece of Han Solo-centric art by Tomer Hanuka.
  • Celebrate Life Day with the Lucasfilm holiday card maker.
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  • Mark Hamill helps fans sort his real autographs from the fakes.
  • Donnie Yen is so psyched for Star Wars: Rogue One.
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  • Why did Hayden Christensen disappear after Episode III?
  • Science says destroying the Death Star would’ve killed the Ewoks.

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‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Helmets Revealed?

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Now that Star Wars: Rogue One is in production (set photos have begun to leak online), and the Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation embargo is officially over, Disney has begun promoting the film at D23 Expo 2015 where they revealed the film’s full cast along with a cast photo. Rogue One co-star Donnie Yen has posted an image of new helmets on his instagram account. Are these new helmets from Star Wars: Rogue One? We believe so.

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Over the weekend, one of the reveals from Disney’s D23 Expo 2015 was the first photo of the primary cast from Star Wars: Rogue One, giving us a good first look at the s about a band of rebels tasked with stealing the plans to the first Death Star.

Now that a super high-resolution version of the photo has hit the web, fans are noticing some cool details in the photo, mostly with the costumes and props of the pictured cast, which includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.

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Gareth EdwardsStar Wars: Rogue One is still over a year away, but thanks to D23 we have a tantalizing taste of the upcoming film today.

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