'Rogue One' spoilers, news: Latest trailer offers new hints, Mads Mikkelsen's character revealed


Lucasfilm dropped the second and presumably final trailer for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” which is coming out in two months.

The movie, which revolves around the events that led to the Death Star’s plans landing in Princess Leia’s (Carrie Fisher) hands in “Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope,” looks gritty and brutal. The teaser gave out a bit more detail on every aspect including the highly mysterious entanglement of stories that resulted in Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) being a pivotal persona in the retrieval operations.

Thanks to a slip by Mads Mikkelsen earlier this year, fans know that he plays Galen Erso, father of Jyn and a critical part in building the first weapon of mass destruction. But for weeks now, there have been speculations on how he ended up working for the Empire and how he was separated from his daughter.

As revealed in the brief synopsis for the prequel novel titled “Catalyst” by James Luceno, it was Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) who took the Ersos under his wing and offered the patriarch an opportunity to continue working on his inventions. However, the longer they stayed under his supervision, the more they realized that Galen was actually being used to work on a massive weapon that could wipe out planets. Piecing this with the first few seconds of the latest trailer, it appears that Galen devised a way for them to escape but unfortunately had him being left behind.

What is interesting is due to that bit Galen is now seen in a new light different from previous villainous nodes as he tells Jyn that whatever he does is to protect her. Reverting back to the preceding trailer, Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) reveals that it was her father’s message that ultimately advised them about the imminent weapon’s test. It is now a wonder whether Galen purposefully let the message slip or it was just great Intel work from the rebels.

Despite giving a very boots on the ground vibe, hints of nostalgia are also peppered throughout the almost three-minute clip complete with inspirational quips as well as an appearance from veteran freedom fighter, Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker). Jyn talked about hope a couple of times presumably referring to what comes after the debacle at hand. A couple of Easter eggs are also incorporated in the teaser which includes Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) in the roundtable of rebels and even a rumored Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing) shot as he strides towards Krennic. However, arguably the biggest appearance of them all is Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones) purposefully walking towards Krennic which is reminiscent of the height of his power in the original trilogy.

Many fans are already getting their tissues ready as casualties are expected in the Gareth Edwards film. Otherwise, it will be a little bit difficult to tie these new characters to the overall lore. Needless to say, the movie seems to have covered everything that they have promised when they first pitched “Rogue One.”

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” blasts through cinemas on Dec. 16.