Monday, August 15, 2016

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Japanese Trailer Has Serious Daddy Issues

Everyone is all pumped for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, especially in the wake of the trailer that dropped last week. It looks like an awesome war movie that, while bearing obvious hallmarks of a Star Wars movie, promises to bring something new to that far, far away galaxy. And what would a Star Wars movie be without some daddy issues? Which is what we get a glimpse of in this new Japanese trailer.

Potential SPOILERS lurk beyond this point. It’s all based on conjecture, unsubstantiated rumor, and innuendo, but what the hell, better safe than sorry.

This Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer features almost exclusively footage from the previous version, with only a few miniscule snippets of new footage. One cool part is the extension of freedom fighter/militant extremist Saw Gererra’s (Forest Whitaker) speech asking how far (we assume) Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso is willing to go. It’s not a big reveal, but it’s grim as fuck and all kinds of awesome.

The biggest unveiling, however, is when Diego Luna’s Captain Cassian Andor tells Jyn that the message the Rebel Alliance received about an imminent weapons test (read: Death Star) came from her father.

We know Mad Mikkelsen plays a character named Galen Erso, and most presume this is Jyn’s father. One persistent rumor floating around is that he’s a scientist who helped design the Death Star. He’s been described as a Robert Oppenheimer-esque figure, in it more for the science than the Empire, and that he has a change of heart once he realizes what his work is being used for.

This Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer definitely appears to support this, and while it still isn’t a massive exposure, it may provide some insight into the protagonist. Jyn Erso isn’t your run-of-the-mill Rebel; she certainly appears to be an outlaw or criminal, not someone necessarily down for the cause. If her father is involved, that goes a long way towards explaining why she teams up with forces she’s usually in conflict with. We may have just discovered what initially motivates her, though she appears to find a deeper sense of purpose along the way.

We’ll have to wait until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits on December 16 to find out if any of this is correct or if I’m talking out of my ass again.

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