The return of Star Wars through Episode VII: The Force Awakens truly introduced fans to an entirely new division of our favorite sci-fi universe, and the next upcoming film will transport us into a galaxy we have yet to know. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first standalone film from the franchise, is set before the events of A New Hope and follows a group of resistance fighters who set out on their mission of acquiring the Death Star plans. The film entered production stage and began filming last summer (prior to The Force Awakens being released in theaters), and we’re finally receiving our first glance at actual footage from the anxiously awaited movie. The first teaser trailer has released on Good Morning America and was also shared by Star Wars through their Twitter feed earlier this morning, and you can finally watch it below.
Unlike Episodes I-VII, Rogue One will not focus around Jedi, Sith or use of the Force, and will incorporate a new style of wars amongst the stars into its plot. The production and development team wanted to create a film that felt real, and unlike the previous titles, Rogue One will exist in the “gray area” that stands between the black-and-white ethics of the dedicated episodes.
“Real… This is a real place that we’re really in. The thing that interests me about it, is Star Wars was basically very black and white. Our movie is gray,” stated director Gareth Edwards.
“Real… This is a real place that we’re really in.”
Rogue One will feature an all-star cast of impressive talent that includes Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed and Jonathan Aris.
The film is set to hit theaters on December 16, one year after The Force Awakens release.