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Here’s another “tiny ship, gigantic landscape” shot, although the arid desert environment makes it pretty clear that this is Jedha.

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We could talk about how this shot of an Imperial tank patrolling the streets of Jedha, which has a distinctly Middle Eastern vibe because these scenes were shot in Jordan, is a loaded image. We could talk about how the original Star Wars drew a certain amount of influence from the politically-minded George Lucas observing the guerrilla tactics of the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War and how Gareth Edwards is similarly using pictures torn straight from contemporary conflicts as an uncomfortable shorthand. Star Wars could use a healthy dose of politics. It deserves a shade of grey here and there. But really, can we talk about why the guy on the far left side of the frame seems to be missing his head? What’s up with that?

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“I fear nothing. All is as the Force wills it.” Enter Chinese actor and martial artist Donnie Yen as Chirrut Îmwe, a blind warrior who draws his strength from his belief in the mystical energy that binds the universe together. There are no Jedi in Rogue One and it’s highly unlikely that Chirrut has any special abilities, but his deep commitment to his faith has apparently transformed him into a noble space Zatoichi. We’re looking at a sightless man, armed only with a staff, willing to wade into a crowd of Stormtroopers to show them he means business.

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And he really means business. You don’t hire the star of Ip Man unless you want to let him decimate and humiliate a small army of enemies. In a film full of CGI, Donnie Yen’s hands may end up being one of the most impressive visual effects.

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“The captain says you are a friend. I will not kill you.” It’s one thing to hear that Alan Tudyk is playing a seven-foot tall security droid named K-2SO, but it’s another thing altogether to see that droid looming over Jyn Erso. Tudyk has adopted a deadpan posh accent for this hulking metal monstrosity, which really helps sell the humor of his dialogue in this moment. We know from previous stories that K-2SO lost all of his social graces with Cassian reprogrammed him to join the Rebel cause, so this is probably the first of several occasions where he’s a big ol’ weirdo to the other characters.

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The Death Star like you’ve never seen it before: upside down! In all seriousness, it’s about time that a Star Wars movie acknowledged that there is no up or down in space and everything doesn’t have to occur on a flat plain. But really, this shot is worth examining because the desert planet beneath the Death Star is clearly not Scarif, the tropical paradise where it was built. Hold that thought. We’ll get back to it in a moment.

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Actually, let’s get back to it right now, because this shot seems to depict the Death Star blocking out the sun and hovering over some kind of structure. Go ahead and note the tower on the far end of that structure. Yep, this looks like Jedha and it certainly looks like the Death Star is in position to open fire. There’s one more piece to this puzzle and we’ll get there momentarily.

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Sorry, Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. Director Orson Krennic is the best-dressed villain in Star Wars history. It’s not even a contest. Anyway, the planet he’s looking at through the window appears to be Jedha again and that should conjure up another question: is he on a Star Destroyer or could he be on the Death Star?

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Unfortunately, the trailer doesn’t give Krennic a proper introduction or any lines of dialogue and that’s a shame. Anyone who isn’t excited to see Ben Mendelsohn play a Star Wars villain probably hasn’t seen Ben Mendelsohn act. This look of barely contained rage actually has me more intrigued than any brief, fan-teasing glimpse of Darth Vader.

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