The production of this winter’s highly anticipated Star Wars movie Rogue One has been plagued with some unexpected bad buzz thanks to some highly publicized last second reshoots. That kind of 11th-hour retooling usually means the movie is flawed, at least in the eyes of the people paying for it. But in a recent Hollywood Reporter cover story, the movie’s star Felicity Jones assured everyone that it’s all part of the filmmaking process. “Obviously when you come to the edit, you see the film come together and you think, ‘Actually, we could do this better, and this would make more sense if we did this,’” she said. “I’ve done it so many times. I mean, you wouldn’t just give your first draft on this story, would you?”
She has a point, and based on the movie’s brand new trailer, it looks like they’ve nailed the tone, and that Rogue One has the chance to become one of those rare blockbusters with real emotional stakes. The new spot, which premiered during Good Morning America, reveals that Mads Mikkelsen is playing the father of Jones’ character, Jyn Erso, and that he’s at least partly responsible for the construction of the Death Star. Erso is tasked with leading a group of rebels that includes Riz Ahmed and Diego Luna to steal the plans for said Death Star, before Darth Vader and co. gain the power to destroy the galaxy. It’s exciting stuff, and you can watch the trailer for the Gareth Edwards-directed film above.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as it’s officially called, hits theaters on December 16.