Attention: fans of a galaxy far, far away – Rogue One: A Star Wars story is officially on the cinematic radar. Now that The Force Awakens has been released and, slowly but surely, the buzz begins to subside, fans are gradually turning their attentions to the first film in the ‘Anthology,’ independent from the new trilogy of Episodes VII-IX.
Rogue One: A Stale Wars Story centres on a group of Rebels responsible for stealing the original Death Star plans, a band of heroes alluded to in A New Hope‘s text crawl. In the lead up to The Force Awakens, many fans speculated that Lucasfilm would attach a Rogue One teaser to the film, either as a trailer before the movie or in post-credits form. That would have been awesome – but alas, it didn’t happen.
But it is coming. According to Star Wars Time, the first Rogue One trailer will be attached to prints of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, which hits cinemas May 6, 2016. This development is rather obvious, seeing that Disney owns both Lucasfilm and Marvel. It’s logical to attach the main promotional drive for Rogue One alongside Marvel’s biggest film of 2016.
What is likely to happen is an online trailer being unveiled before Civil War’s premiere, before it is played in front of films in cinemas. Given how successful and masterful the marketing campaign was for The Force Awakens, we should only expect a very plot-light teaser to begin with – probably 30 seconds of a few shots with little or no dialogue and minimal plot points. Even still, it’s going to be exciting.
A description of the Rogue One teaser shown at the Star Wars Celebration panel was described by SlashFilm, as seen below:
A card with “December 2016″ fades in and out, with a sound that is somewhere between a slow Inception horn and a lightsaber. Then a familiar voice: Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi, saying “For more than a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the old Republic. Before the dark times. Before the Empire.”
As he speaks, the teaser fades in on a tracking shot, high up through a forested canyon. We hear a TIE Fighter pass overhead, and see the ship move forward into frame as the camera continues to push forward. We see, dominating the sky, the outline of what could be a moon. But that’s no moon, it’s a… well, you know what it is. The Death Star, under construction. Music swells and the screen goes black. The Rogue One logo comes up, and we hear radio voices, like troops communicating during combat. The chatter gets more frantic and loud as light strobes on the logo, which finally breaks up as the sound cuts out.
Here is a leaked version of the teaser shown at San Diego Comic-Con (might be different to the one that will be released before Civil War).