If there is one thing Star Trek trailers love, it's Beastie Boys. Star Trek Beyond had a trailer cut to the song "Sabotage" which saw mixed results from fans, but it's hard to argue that the song didn't make the footage more badass. If it can make Star Trek of all things seem badass, then can you imagine what it could do for Star Wars? That's what one fan thought when he assembled a trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story cut to the Beastie Boys. Check it out below.
This trailer of Rogue One comes from YouTuber Matthew Longua, who cut it together using bits and pieces from all the footage Rogue One released so far. Then he set the trailer to "Sabotage," the same Beastie Boys song that's used frequently in the new Star Trek franchise. The grittier on the ground feel of Rogue One definitely lends itself better to a song like this more than any other Star Wars movie to date.
The fan trailer is really well cut and kicks it into high gear early on. The music cues in right after Jyn Erso's "I rebel" line, shows her beating the snot out of some Stormtroopers, and then doesn't slow down- using practically every action shot from Rogue One available. The spin-off already has a lot of great things going for it, but this trailer makes the wait until December seem just a little farther away.
Rogue One is the first of several planned Star Wars spin-offs for the future. The film catalogues one of the most importance moments in Star Wars history, and is the jumping off point for the Original Trilogy. Rogue One centers on a group of Rebels and mercenaries led by Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) who are tasked with stealing the plans to the Empire's secret superweapon, the Death Star. Standing in their way is Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) and his army of Stormtroopers, not to mention a certain dark lord of the Sith. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards from a script penned by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy.
For comparison, here's the Star Trek Beyond trailer that this fan edit is paying homage to. Who would have thought Beastie Boys would get so much traction in one of the biggest science fiction franchises ever? Seriously, "Sabotage" has actual plot importance in Beyond.
Rogue One probably isn't going to have any Beastie Boys - or any contemporary music - but it will have its own score (just not by John Williams). The film is scheduled to hit theaters on December 16, 2016.