As crazy as it seems, there's actually a Star Wars movie slated to hit theaters in less than a month. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will commence the new franchise tradition of standalone movies that take the story away from the Skywalker family, and we're insanely excited to see how Gareth Edwards' movie toys with the mythology of the legendary film series. To further stoke out excitement, two new international TV spots have just hit the web, and they're as delightful as you would expect. Check out the first one below to see for yourself:
The above clip does a great job of placing new emphasis on the film's protagonist. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) has remained a relatively mysterious character through much of Rogue One's marketing campaign, but this international trailer definitely showcases far more of her abilities and personality. Right off the bat it's abundantly clear that she can definitely hold her own in a fight, and (perhaps more importantly) she seems to have some deep-seated trust issues. Considering her father's involvement in the construction of the Death Star, we don't necessarily blame her.
While the first international TV Spot for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story highlights the abilities and personality of Jyn Erso, the second international clip places a new focus on Diego Luna's Captain Cassian Andor. Check it out below:
Unlike Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor appears to have a much deeper connection to the Rebellion. He has been tasked with the responsibility of recruiting the type of thieves, killers, and scoundrels who could possibly pull of the Death Star heist, and he has a passionate, vested interest in the success of their mission. Whereas Jyn Erso seems to have a relatively cynical outlook on life, Andor's personality generally seems a bit more optimistic and hopeful. This is important, because rebellions are built on hope.
If there's one distinct commonality between these trailers, it's the fact that Rogue One looks far more visceral than any other Star Wars movie to date. The series is going to a dark place with this film, and we can generally expect a higher degree of brutality. Up until now the series has maintained a relatively sanitized approach towards violence, but Rogue One will seemingly explore the consequences associated with war and death.
With each new frame of footage, our anticipation for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story increases exponentially. The first Star Wars anthology film looks like an insanely satisfying adventure, and we seriously cannot wait for it. Rogue One will blast its way into theaters next month on December 16. Stay tuned for more details!