Star Wars: Rogue One trailer: Watch the teaser for the Jedi-less Death Star heist film

One-minute sequence was premiered at Star Wars Celebration

Christopher Hooton
Monday 20 April 2015 09:08
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The Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim not only yielded a new Force Awakens trailer but the first concrete details on standalone film Rogue One, which is becoming an increasingly interesting prospect.

According to an official synopsis from LucasFilm, it will centre on "a band of resistance fighters who unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans".

These resistance fighters will be without "magical powers", according to director Gareth Edwards, with "the absence of the Jedi hanging over the movie".

The first-look teaser which debuted at SWC didn't feature star Felicity Jones, but did dramatically show off the return of the Death Star.

Someone in the audience sneakily filmed it, and you can watch the teaser below (though it may well get pulled soon):

As the one-minute sequence opens, we hear 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."

We then race through a lush, rocky planet teaming with birds.

All is not as serene as it initially appears however, with the moon in the distance turning out to be the Death Star.

A TIE Fighter heads towards it, perhaps returning to base, perhaps piloted by our rebel fighters undercover.

The teaser ends ominously with the frantic voices of pilots screaming over intercoms.

Rogue One hits cinemas on 16 December, 2016.

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