Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - the new trailer dissected and storylines revealed

So every year is going to be like this from now until at least 2020.

Just after the publicity from Star Wars: The Force Awakens has died down, we have a new spin-off film to whet our appetites until Christmas.

The trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is out and we now know plenty more about what'll happen in the movie.

And remember the film is set between the films Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

So here goes...

The young rebel is played by...

...Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything, The Amazing Spider-Man 2).

She plays Jyn Erso and she's - a rebel. And she's got quite the rap sheet.

Forgery of imperial documents, possession of stolen property, aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

Felicity Jones plays Jyn Erso

She's taken before the council and given a special mission.

Felicity Jones plays Jyn Erso

Then there's the return of Mon Mothma

Rebellion leaders, including general Mon Mothma (who appeared in Return of the Jedi and prequel Revenge of the Sith), have a stern chat with her.

The rebellion
Image caption Genevieve O'Reilly now plays Mon Mothma - she was played in 1983's Return of the Jedi by Caroline Blakiston

They tell her: "On your own from the age of 15, reckless, aggressive, and undisciplined."

Rebellion fighter played by Diego Luna
Image caption Of course there's a hunky rebellion fighter on hand - played by Mexican actor Diego Luna

She tells them: "This is a rebellion, isn't it? I rebel."

So she's given a secret mission...

Felicity Jones plays Jyn Erso

She's asked to join a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, the planet-destroying weapon of the evil Empire.

Stormtroopers being blown up
Image caption First of all she gets to blow up some Stormtroopers
Felicity Jones plays Jyn Erso
Image caption She's then shown travelling to a rebel base before her mission...
Felicity Jones plays Jyn Erso
Image caption ...before setting off with that hunky rebellion fighter pilot

There's the return of Star Destroyers and the Death Star

A Star Destroyer
Image caption This is one of 26,000 Star Destroyers in the Galactic Empire
The Death Star
Image caption ...and here's the Death Star before it all goes wrong - complete with those emergency noises!
Image caption Stormtroopers putting in another good shift
Galactic ship
Image caption Another Imperial ship gets blown up - doh

Jyn Erso is told about an imminent "major weapons test", and asked to join the effort to find out what it is and how to destroy it.

There are lots of other new characters

Here's a mysterious Imperial commander - who'll obviously be killed by Darth Vader after he fails.

He's played by Aussie Ben Mendelsohn from Netflix series Bloodline.

There's chatter online that he may be a young Wilhuff Tarkin - the Governor of the Outer Rim who blew up Alderaan with the Death Star.

Galactic Empire person

There are Stormtroopers in darker outfits - maybe to go with the silver outfit of Phasma.


There's this mean dude played by Forest Whitaker...

Mean dude

Then there's this martial arts expert (Donnie Yen) who takes Stormtroopers down with his big stick...

Martial arts dude

And there may be one familiar face - with the Emperor's Guard in the background...

Darth Vader - possibly
Image caption Is this Darth Vader kneeling for his master, the Emperor?

It's not good if you're caught

Rebellion fighters are shown in chains...

Captured rebellion fighters

Bit it looks like Jyn Erso has got herself a job as a TIE fighter pilot. Note the Galactic Empire symbol on her arm.

Felicity Jones plays Jyn Erso

And there are also AT-AT's about

Image caption The All Terrain Armoured Transporters were first seen in The Empire Strikes Back

Rogue One provides a back-story to the first scenes of 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.

Princess Leia is seen concealing the plans for the Death Star in the droid R2-D2 before she is captured by the Galactic Empire.

The film is set for release on 16 December 2016.

Other Star Wars release dates

Star Wars: Episode VIII - 15 December 2017

Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo - 25 May 2018

Star Wars: Episode IX - 2019

Star Wars Anthology: Boba Fett - Possibly 2020

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