Breaking Down The International Rogue One Trailer

Welcome to Rogue One.

The International Trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dropped this week and it has some juicy tidbits that the US trailers did not have. I’ll break down some of the imagery below, along with the new TV spot “Welcome to Rogue One” that was also released this week. We are seeing a lot of what we saw with last year’s build-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where new images and spots became increasingly rampant as the time to release got shorter. One question remains – when are these tickets going on sale?!

The Trailer begins with the tone-setting, bone chilling score from Michael Giacchino, the first Star Wars film lacking the brilliant John Williams. Williams joked that he needed to focus on the numbered episodic Star Wars films, because he didn’t want anyone else to write music for Daisy Ridley. Giacchino’s take on The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme) is phenomenal. I will be purchasing this soundtrack the moment it is available. Giacchino has a long resume, but most recently scored Marvel’s Doctor Strange and Star Trek: Beyond. He’s a busy guy.


The camera pans to a gorgeous shot of an Imperial Shuttle flying over a body of water, something we haven’t seen a ton of in Star Wars (Kamino in Episode II & Luke Skywalker’s island in Episode VII come to mind). The Shuttle appears to be on little Jyn Erso’s planet. She seems to be running to her home, where it looks like the Erso family has a moisture farm. Little Jyn is cast perfectly to match her adult counterpart in Felicity Jones, by the way.


Jyn receives a necklace from a woman that I assume is her mother. It appears to have a Lightsaber Crystal on it, aka a Kyber Crystal. This is the first time we are seeing this character on screen. “Trust the Force,” she mutters. Rogue One seems to be harping up the idea that the Force is very spiritual, almost in a religious sense. After all, “rebellions are built on hope.” Next, we see adult Jyn holding this very necklace, much the same that Padme Amidala kept the Japor Snippet throughout the years that she had received from Anakin Skywalker.

This Jyn Erso Funko Toy is almost as cute as Felicity Jones


After hearing Mon Mothma’s speech about the Death Star’s pending weapons test, we see a haunting vision of the space station emerging beyond the clouds.


This looks like the Death Star’s weapons test. Scary. It’s also the first time we hear the term “Death Star” in any Rogue One trailer.

Jason Bateman?
The classic in-flight pilot cam, with the Rebel Alliance logo on his helmet.

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An exchange between Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). This portrays Jyn as the leader of this small band of Rebels. Also, Jyn mentions that she isn’t used to people sticking around, which tells us that there are either mommy or (most likely) daddy issues. What’s new, Star Wars? She must be Luke’s girlfriend. Ok, that’s just a joke. But maybe not….


The most iconic shot in the entire run of trailers. Darth Vader’s third appearance, and the most prominent. In the second US trailer, we saw the back of his helmet. In the third US trailer, we saw him walking towards who is likely to be Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn). Fans are dying for any detail possible on Vader’s big screen return. I hope the rumors are true that we see him in action. We still don’t know who is under that armor, though we know 85 year old James Earl Jones is back to reprise his role as the voice of Vader.

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In this scene from the TV spot that was released by Lucasfilm this week, we see loads of Tie Fighters in action for the first time. This space battle looks like it has the dynamic from Episode I’s battle around the Trade Federation’s Droid Control Station, though this promises not to be lame.

View the trailer in its entirety here:


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in theaters December 16, 2016. What did you think of the newest trailer and TV spot? Leave a comment below. For all things Rogue One, keep it locked to The Geekiverse.

Josiah LeRoy is The Geekiverse’s founder and lover of all things Star Wars. He is ready to dive into the Rogue One prequel novel, Catalyst.

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