Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Pits Heroine Rebel Hell Bent On Stealing Plans For The Death Star

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Here we go again folks, there's another Star Wars movie on the horizon and you better buckle up because it looks to be another action packed ride. Disney dropped its second official trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first in the Star Wars Anthology series that are to fill the gaps between the releases of the sequel trilogy that kicked off with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Films in the Anthology each will focus on a side story, with Rogue One centered on a female heroine tasked with stealing plans for the Death Star so the Rebel Alliance can look for vulnerabilities.

The new trailer is jam packed with eye candy, some of it obvious and others more subtle. Darth Vader makes an appearance, as does Forest Whitaker playing the part of Saw Gerrera, a character who we last met in Star Wars: Clone Wars. He warns protagonist Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones) in his trademark distinct voice that "The world is coming undone. Imperial flags reign across the galaxy"

As he utters his ominous warning, the camera pans to a desert setting with the Imperial Star Destroyer looming large and intimidating in a desert setting. And in the very next scene, Jyn Erso is marched out in chains with someone from the Rebel Alliance asking, "Can you be trusted without your shackles?" Why she's being held captive isn't made clear, though the distrust is undoubtedly because of her family history—Jyn Erso is the estranged daughter of Galen Erso, a scientist and engineer who helped build the Death Star (perhaps against his will).

Rogue One Storm Troopers

There are a lot of elements at play in Rogue One, along with several interesting characters. Jyn Erso, the female lead that ties them all together the way Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) did in The Force Awakens, appears more than up to the task in the few bits we see her, but there looks to be plenty of kudos to go around. One of them is headed to Chirrut Îmwe, a badass Jedi played by Donnie Yen who declares, "I fear nothing. All is as the Force wills it," as he proceeds to take down a crowd of Storm Troopers with a stick. It's reminiscent of Morgan Jones (Lennie James) beating up both living and undead humans in The Walking Dead.

Death Star

And then of course there's the Death Star. The trailers provides a couple of shots of the Imperial Army's game changing weapon of mass destruction. We know from 1977's A New Hope (Episode IV) just how powerful the Death Star is and what ultimately becomes of it, and Rogue One is set to answer the why and how it all went down.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters December 16, 2016.