Disney’s annual shareholders meeting took place this week, and while you might expect something like that to be the most boring thing you’ve ever seen, this is Disney we’re talking about. While the rest of us are still waiting for our first look at Star Wars: Rogue One, a brief clip was shown to those in attendance at the meeting. It apparently showed new styles of Stormtroopers as well as Imperial vehicles.
The footage was presented more as a sizzle reel than as a proper trailer, so it wasn’t designed to give any information about the characters or story, but rather simply show off Star Wars: Rogue One in a way that would make investors happy. One person in attendance sent a report to /Film on what he saw.
Most of it was very quick. A shot of the black stormtrooper, possibly called Death Troopers as previously reported, another pic of that same style of helmet and armor but all chrome, reminiscent of Captain Phasma from The Force Awakens, an image showed two AT-ATs that had a slightly different look with the door panel on the side of the body painted a lighter beige color. And a couple cast photos were shown, one of Felicity & Diego Luna and another of Donnie Yen. The clip featured Felicity’s character on what looked like the inside of a ship or shuttle with her arm up holding on and the hatch/ramp open behind her. I wish I could remember what she said as part of the sizzle but it went by too fast.
Needless to say, the report is interesting. While Star Wars: Rogue One is a new movie, it’s chronologically set in the past, immediately prior to the events of the original Star Wars. It seemed like the biggest challenge that director Gareth Edwards was going to have was making his movie look like it took place during the same era as the original trilogy. Now, it appears that they may not be trying to do that. Rogue One looks to be introducing a lot of new material to the Star Wars universe, which is an interesting choice for a movie that takes place prior to large parts of the story. If there are Black or Chrome Stormtroopers in Star Wars: Rogue One, why didn’t we see any of them in other films?
As far as characters go, it sounds like there was finally some action for our heroes, though it appears there was zero action for the villains. We don’t know much about who the bad guys will be in Star Wars: Rogue One. We’re not even sure which actors are actually playing them.
We’re expecting to see the first trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One attached to Captain America: Civil War. With the usual online leaks, that means we could actually see it any day now. What do you think of this description of Rogue One? Are you looking forward to actually seeing all this in an eventual trailer?