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New ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Trailer Rallies the Troops Against the Death Star

Up until now, we’ve only gotten scant details about who our Rogue One: A Star Wars story hero, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) really was and where exactly her story began. We knew she’d be leading the good guys’ charge against the Death Star in the upcoming movie. We knew she was the daughter of Mads Mikkelsen’s character Galen Erso, who himself was in some way affiliated with the wrong side of the equation. And we knew she had a penchant for contraposition. In this new trailer from the film, we get quite a bit more than that.

We learn exactly how Galen is associated with the Empire—not as a soldier, but apparently some kind of engineer employed, or more likely forced, by Ben Mendelsohn’s high ranking baddie Orson Krennic to construct the Death Star—and we learn that Jyn was imprisoned at some point before being busted loose by the Rebels themselves after being identified as a pretty good shot at taking down the rising threat against them.

Beyond Jyn, her father, and the nefarious Krennic, we get a little glimpse of the other members of the ostensibly appropriately named Rogue Squadron who’ll be flying into battle this winter to lay waste to totalitarian power. More than any other look at Rogue One, this trailer bears the aura of a rounding-up-the-troops battle flick á la Seven Samurai, but with talking robots and aliens. Advanced to the forefront in this trailer are a scruffy, ready-for-war Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen), an apparently visually impaired Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen), a soft-spoken Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed), a robotic K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), and what seems to be a storied but inspiring Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker). Quite a motley crew indeed, and one we’re looking forward to see hit the skies.

The Nerdist editorial team was so hyped up they even recorded their own reaction video live on Facebook:

Are you pumped up by this new trailer? Let us know!

Here’s what we learned from the last Rogue One trailer…

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