We’re two months away from the newest Star Wars movie, Rogue One, but before we can get to see Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and her band of Rebels try to steal the plans for the Death Star, we get to see the final trailer: And there are a lot of new easter eggs and previously unseen tidbits. Here’s a shot-by-shot breakdown of everything we spotted.
This is a big moment in Star Wars history. We’re in the home stretch of a new phase for the saga with Rogue One kicking off the standalone series in between the main episodes. Lucasfilm has followed a pretty standard release schedule with the marketing rollout. The first teaser hit in April 2016. After that we got a small tease of behind the scene tidbits from the Star Wars Celebration reel. Then the first major trailer dropped during the Olympics in the summer. Now, we have the final clip of Rogue One footage before the movie hits theaters on December 16.
Thankfully, the trailer isn’t a rehash of what came before it. It’s loaded with new tidbits that would get even the slightest Star Wars fan pumped for this don’t-call-it-a-prequel entry into the newly christened cinematic universe.
Here’s what we saw.
13. Eadu (?)
It seems the Imperials have tracked Galen Erso and his family to the remote planet where they’re hiding out. This sequence will be part of the flashbacks that will feature a young Jyn and her mother Lyra (Valene Kane).
We suspected that this planet was called Eadu, but there’s no confirmation on that. It’s possible that Jyn and Cassian return to this planet later on, but this scene is obviously the flashbacks that show Krennic rounding up Galen Erso and forcing him away from his family.
12. Jyn in Prison
After getting torn away from her family, Jyn becomes bad news and gets thrown in Imperial prison. Based on the editing of the trailer, it sort of implies she’s in the clink on Jedha and is busted out by the Rebels, joining them after being hauled off to their hidden base.
Obi-Wan, is that you? Probably not. This gorgeous detail looks to be immense and destroyed ruins of a Jedi statue from the holy Force-sensitive planet of Jedha. We’re getting serious Lord of the Rings vibes from this one.
11. The Imperial Base
We’ve seen this dark and stormy planet before, and we know that Baze and a group of Rebels, assuming along with Jyn, partake in an all-out attack with ground forces and a squadron of X-Wings. Galen would look prim and proper in that Imperial uniform were it not for that long hair. Like his daughter, he’s a bit of a rebel — and something of a Rebel — which is why he leaks the Death Star information to Alliance forces.
Needless to say, this place is important, if not totally mysterious. “It appears he is critical to the development of the superweapon,” Mon Mothma says of Galen. Is this location equally as critical?
10. “They’re Requesting a Call Sign.”
Usually it’s super cheesy when movies blatantly call out their title in dialogue, but we couldn’t help but be tickled with Star Wars joy at this little exchange. Gareth Edwards may not know why the movie is called Rogue One, but now we do.
There will probably be some great banter between Vader and Krennic, who speaks here for the first time in any of the Rogue One trailers. This scene looks to be on Vader’s Star Destroyer. Ben Mendelsohn’s theatricality with the whole Imperial stooge persona works perfectly with the Star wars aesthetic.
8. A New Hope, an Old Design
It’s like we’re back in 1977 again. Impeccable — and believable — production design by Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont.
7. Saw Gerrera
Here’s our first look at Saw Gerrera’s busted-up robotic leg that isn’t in a toy. This shot combination really drives home the idea that Gerrera is physically vulnerable but still mentally astute with that determined look in his eye.
6. The Key to the Death Star
This gorgeous and all too brief CGI helicopter shot is the first wide look at the Imperial base on the beach planet Scarif. Ostensibly Jyn will get to the top of that pyramid structure for some reason as seen in the previous treailer that debuted during the Olympics, most likely for a piece of those Death Star plans.
5. Rebel Spies
We’ve been wondering why Jyn was rocking that Imperial ground crew uniform ever since the original Rogue One trailer was released. Was she a traitor or something? Well, no. As this shot shows, she, Cassian Andor, and K-2SO slip into an Imperial base somewhere (most likely on Jedha) to cause some trouble.
4. Rogue One’s Tusken Raiders
Edrio Two Tubes! At least we know there’s footage of him out there unlike the whole Constable Zuvio debacle in The Force Awakens.
3. The Ultimate Sacrifice
The desperate look on Bodhi’s face means that he’s about to make a grave decision. Does he sacrifice himself during the big battle on Scarif? It seems like he’s running into some sort of Imperial craft. Maybe he drops some charges in there and causes that huge explosion of the Imperial lander seen in the previous trailers.
We suspected that the Empire would be eager to at least test out the Death Star, and this basically confirms it. The Imperial superweapon might not be fully armed and operational enough to blow up an entire planet, but it might have enough juice to take out a large chunk of one, namely Jedha.
But who is the figure in the foreground? Based on the goggles he’s wearing on his head and the slightest hint of long hair and a ponytail we think it’s got to be Bodhi. Does he get out alive?
Nothing to see here, just the baddest dude in the galaxy. This shot looks straight out of The Empire Strikes Back. We should point out that Vader shouldn’t be the big bad in Rogue One. He was just sort of an Imperial tough guy in A New Hope, and we think in this scene he’s there to confront Krennic about the Rebel attacks that might compromise the Death Star project.
This quick shot of Galen has to take place on the dark and stormy planet. He’s even decked out in his Imperial officer’s uniform. Based on the editing, that sort of matches Galen’s face with Jyn’s in a completely different shot. We think Galen’s angle might be when Jyn finds him in the end of Rogue One. Has he gone completely in for the Empire, or will he help his daughter out after all these years?