This time last year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens landed at San Diego Comic Con with a reel of behind the scenes footage designed to provoke nostalgia in the minds of all the fans. The message was obvious: if you like your old fashioned Star Wars with lots of practical effects, relatable characters, and callbacks to beloved aspects of the original trilogy then The Force Awakens was going to be your jam. This year, at Star Wars Celebration in London, Disney and Lucasfilm wanted to send a different message about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and that message is “this is not your father’s Star Wars.”
It was probably to the disappointment of Star Wars fans on this side of the pond that the following clip wasn’t the new trailer, that will be coming later tonight, but you definitely can’t say that the below behind the scenes featurette doesn’t set a tone. From the looks of things, director Gareth Edwards is definitely putting the “Wars” in Star Wars, and is continuing J.J. Abrams re-establishment of building a tangible environment with real props, real sets, and real explosions for his actors to perform in. Bottomline, not only is it a good tease for the trailer coming later this evening, but it’s a great tease for Rogue One itself.
Lucasfilm also released this poster which is either a teaser for Rogue One or an advertisement for the worst beach vacation you’ll ever have. Admittedly, the physics are questionable, but the image is definitely cool.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in theaters everywhere on December 16.