The trailer for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," the first in a series of Star Wars standalone spinoffs, dropped Thursday. Let's obsessively go over it shot by shot, shall we?
Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything"), seems to be our main character (whom I assume is the titular character?). Then again, this is Star Wars and there was a time when we thought Finn was going to be the main character too.
Oh, probably because that hair, that smoldering gaze and that jacket all look suuuuper reminiscent of a certain pilot whose name starts with P and ends with Dameron. (Wait, are you his dad?!? Or are you Luke Skywalker's supposed BFF Biggs Darklighter? But I hope not the second one because that means you die and who wouldn't want more Diego Luna in space?)
No you guys, Ben Mendelsohn is definitely not playing Grand Moff Tarkin. Look at that outfit and that...gun? lightsaber? toy? Whoever he is, he's not friendly and the brain scans behind him seem like he's pretty sick. (I'm with CNET editor Rich Trenholm though; the only one with the cheekbones to channel Peter Cushing is Mads Mikkelsen, tbh.)
"What will you do when they catch you?" Forest Whitaker's gruff-voiced mentor-esque character asks...someone. While he sounds like Christian Bale's interpretation of a bounty hunter, who knows what character he's actually playing.
Martial-arts star Donnie Yen ("Ip Man") kicks some Stormtrooper butt as an unnamed character. Fingers crossed he's a badass Jedi teacher showing some Force-sensitive younglings (or Jyn, I guess) the way.
"...What will you become?" Forest Whitaker asks as we see Jyn Erso headed down a hallway. What's the implication here? Well, his stress on the word "you" seems to insinuate that he has become something unrecognizable and maybe something he doesn't like very much. Is he trying to guide Jyn toward better decisions?