Rogue One A Star Wars Story - Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe

In this edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • A new Chinese trailer introduces more footage.
  • Three new TV spots promise lots of doom and a little bit of hope.
  • A new clip shows off a conversation between Ben Mendelsohn and Mads Mikkelsen.
  • New interviews with director Gareth Edwards.
  • The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story premiere will somehow manage to make Los Angeles traffic even worse.
  • A very interesting observation about Darth Vader’s potential role in the film.

If you’re torn between wanting to watch just a little bit of Rogue One and not wanting to spoil anything, I’d recommend checking out this quick scene that has made its way online. It’s literally from the first five minutes of the movie.

While Rogue One looks to be a slightly darker Star Wars tale that deals with characters who can’t be defined as purely good or evil, this new TV spot sells it as a hopeful and inspiring experience…with some onscreen text that sneakily sells it as taking place directly before A New Hope.

But if it’s destruction and overwhelming odds and heroes facing off against a military machine capable of grinding them into dust is what you want, then this other TV spot delivers the goods.

And this third new TV spot jumps right back to the whole “hope” thing again.

And that brings us to the new Chinese trailer for the film, which opens with actors Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen providing a quick introduction and proceeds to showcase just enough new footage to be worth your time. Naturally, the trailer’s best moments are built around the film’s two Chinese leads.

Star Wars Rogue One set - Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen, Gareth Edwards

In an interview with the French website TF1, Gareth Edwards spoke about what we already know – Rogue One won’t open with an introductory crawl, but rather with a “prologue”:

There is no opening crawl. But there is a prologue at the beginning of the film that takes place 15 years before the action of the film and that is how the action is exposed. Our film comes from the text of Episode IV…if we give the text, it would be endless. We really had to differentiate Rogue One from the rest of the saga.

I already wrote about the 28 minutes of footage that were screened for press and I can report that it mostly seems to work. We still get the familiar “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” text, but the film leaps into action directly after that, with the film’s title given its own dramatic introduction elsewhere. It’s a blend of the old and the new that will delight as many Star Wars fans as it perturbs.

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