If there's one thing that we have definitely come to accept over the course of the last seven Star Wars movies, it's the fact that the galaxy far, far away is chock full of scoundrels. Walk into any Outer Rim cantina and you're bound to find a thief, thug, or bounty hunter with an appetite for chaos. However, the saga has generally kept those characters at a distance -- until now. A brand new clip from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has just hit the web, and it highlights the inherent sense of distrust among the film's core ensemble. Check it out below!
So much tension -- and yet the real bad guys are nowhere to be found. As you can plainly see from the above clip, when Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Captain Andor (Diego Luna), and K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) prepare to fly off on their mission to steal the Death Star plans, Andor notices that Jyn is holding a blaster. Immediately wary of letting a criminal like her possess a deadly weapon, he demands that she hand it over, while she argues the necessity of everyone being armed when they enter a warzone. After a brief exchange about the importance of trust, Andor eventually concedes and sits down in the cockpit of their ship.
But even though Andor seems relatively convinced by Jyn Erso's argument, K-2SO doesn't seem happy. As a humorous bit of punctuation to the tense scene, the droid lectures Andor on the odds that Jyn will actually turn the blaster on them at some point---instantly conjuring memories of the cowardly C-3PO. Droids seriously love probability, don't they?
In any other franchise a scene like this wouldn't raise too many eyebrows. However, the fact that it's taking place in a Star Wars film really stands out. Over the course of the last seven films in the saga we have taken the idea of trust for granted. The films tend to rely on very concrete definitions of good and evil, and as such we seldom question characters' loyalty to one another. With that in mind, the rift between Jyn Erso and Captain Andor creates a sense of uneasiness that we really haven't seen in a Star Wars films since the Millennium Falcon landed on Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back. I think we all remember how that ended.
One thing is absolutely certain: Jyn Erso is going to be incredibly thankful to have that blaster at her side when the mission begins. Based upon clips that have already hit the web, it's pretty clear that Rogue One will feature some of the most visceral action of any Star Wars movie to date.
CinemaBlend will bring you all of the latest and greatest Star Wars news as more details become available to us. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will blast (pun very much intended) its way into theaters later this month on December 16.