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5 Bits of Intel From the Final 'Rogue One' Trailer


In the early hours of the morning, "Good Morning America" was given the opportunity to premiere the final trailer from the upcoming film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." It tells the tale of the band of Rebels who risk everything to steal the plans to the first, dreaded Death Star and beam them to Princess Leia so that she might race through space as custodian of the stolen plans that would restore freedom to the galaxy.

There are many details that might go by unnoticed, so we're here to break down some of the most fascinating and interesting parts for you.

1. Flashbacks

The first thing the trailer offers is a glimpse of Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones), but not as we'll know her for the majority of the film. We see her first as a young girl in flashback. Her father, Galen (played by Mads Mikkelsen) tells her that all he does is to protect her. 

2. Darth Vader

At the beginning of "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope," Darth Vader mentioned that Princess Leia was his only link to finding the Rebels, the secret plans and their secret base. That means, naturally, that he would have tangled with the team that stole the plans in the first place.

James Earl Jones is back for Vader, but in voice only.
James Earl Jones is back for Vader, but in voice only.
Video and screengrab from "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" Trailer #2 on YouTube

In this film, James Earl Jones is coming back to offer Vader's voice, but bodily he's being played by actor Spencer Wilding. Wilding has been seen in things like "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Game of Thrones." In a bizarre bit of coincidence, both Dave Prowse, who originally gave Vader his corporeal presence, and Spencer Wilding have played the Minotaur on "Doctor Who."

3. K-2SO

K-2SO (or Kay-Tuesso) is a stolen Imperial droid that's been reprogrammed to help the Rebels in their espionage missions. He's played by Alan Tudyk of "Firefly" fame, who gives the character a dry sense of humor. In the trailer, he's seen interpreting Imperial codes so our Rebels can infiltrate their objective.

In the final trailer for "Rogue One" we get a better look at K-2SO.
In the final trailer for "Rogue One" we get a better look at K-2SO.
Credit: Video and screengrab from "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" Trailer #2 on YouTube

Tudyk spent his time on set in stilts, approximating the height of the massive droid. The droid itself would be added later in post-production, a wholly computer-generated creation. When Tudyk mentioned that he didn't have to wear a droid costume to Anthony Daniels, the actor inside C-3PO's suit, Daniels called him an expletive.

4. The Fallen Jedi

One of the most striking images in the trailer might go unnoticed by many. In the sands on the planet Jedha, we see the decaying ruins of a statue of a Jedi Knight.

The fallen Jedi Knight statue pictured in the second "Rogue One" trailer
The fallen Jedi Knight statue pictured in the second "Rogue One" trailer
Video and screengrab from "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" Trailer #2 on YouTube

Jedha is seen a few times in the trailer and has been described as a place where believers in the Force from around the galaxy come for pilgrimage. It is under Imperial occupation and draws parallels to other occupied religious sites in our own world.

5. Saw Gerrera

Forest Whitaker appears in this trailer, delivering the last line about saving the Rebellion. He's playing a character named Saw Gerrera, a battle-worn veteran who has been fighting oppression since the Clone Wars.

Saw Gerrera
Saw Gerrera
Video and screengrab from "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" Trailer #2 on YouTube

In fact, his character debuted in 2012 in the animated series "The Clone Wars," created by George Lucas himself. How he survived the decades between the Clone War and the Galactic Civil War is a question very much on the minds of "Star Wars" fans.

Can't wait to see the whole thing? Neither can we. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" comes out in theaters on Dec. 16, 2016.