The teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is out of this world!
The first footage from the film debuted on Good Morning America Thursday. The movie, which takes place just before the events depicted in 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, follows the Rebel spies' efforts to steal the Empire's plans for the first Death Star. The cast includes Felicity Jones in a leading role, as well as Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker and Donnie Yen. Alan Tudyk gives life to a motion-capture character.
Rogue One is also the first Star Wars movie without any Jedi.
On her own since age 15, Jones' character is introduced just as she's being charged with forgery of Imperial documents, possession of stolen property, aggravated assault and resisting arrest. After Mon Mothma describes her as "reckless, aggressive, and undisciplined," she replies," This is a rebellion, isn't it? I rebel." And wouldn't you know it? That kind of criminal record is exactly what the Rebels need.
Whereas Rey (Daisy Ridley) took the lead in 2015's The Force Awakens, Jones' character is front and center, continuing in the studio's strong feminist streak.
In 2013, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced two standalone movies were in development. Last year, he revealed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the first, with a Han Solo origin story being the second. Gareth Edwards, whose notable credits include 2010's Monsters and 2014's Godzilla, was hired to direct the movie. Chris Weitz and Gary Whitta wrote the script. Simon Emanuel, Kathleen Kennedy and Allison Shearmur produced it, John Knoll and Jason McGatlin executive produced it, and Kiri Hart and John Swartz and co-produced it.