The new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer shows off battles galore, Rebels in action, and Darth Vader (finally!)

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Aside from all those athletes achieving remarkable feats, the Rio Olympics has now given us something else to admire: the brand new Star Wars: Rogue One trailer. Teased earlier this week, this full-length preview is now online and available for repeated viewings. Check it out below: 

While we already saw a fair amount of footage in the first trailer, and picked it over for every morsel of info, today's trailer delves a little deeper into the Gareth Edwards-directed movie. Opening on Forest Whitaker's Saw Gerrera filling in Felicity Jones' Jyn Erso on the state of affairs, we're thrown into the plot right off the bat. Mon Mothma crops up briefly to recruit Jyn, before she starts to rally her troops.  

Cut to: mad battle sequences soundtracked by shades of John Williams' score. It has distinct echoes of A New Hope, and definite similarities to The Force Awakens. But it's got it's own flavor too. There's loads of new footage showing off the various planets (Scarif and Jedha, by the looks of it) and the rebels in action (Donnie Yen's warrior Chirrut Imwe gets a badass one-liner). This is one hell of a trailer. 

It's stirring stuff, certainly, but not a patch on the moment we've all been waiting for. One of the most notorious figures in the Star Wars series, whose presence was rumored for months, finally shows up in the last shot. Yes, it's Darth Vader. What else is there to say?

Directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, and Alan Tudyk, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is scheduled to open in UK and US cinemas on December 16, 2016. 

Images: Disney/LucasFilm 


Gem is GR+'s west coast entertainment news reporter. She’s a bit obsessed with all things Aliens and Terminator.
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