A couple of weeks ago, we were treated to the final Rogue One: A Star Wars Story full story trailer. If you haven’t seen that trailer yet, I am going to assume that you have been stranded on a deserted island with no internet and just arrived back home, so take a second to check out the trailer and some nice plot speculation with it.
Okay now that you are back, I have some good news for you. Even though the trailer linked above is the ‘final story trailer’, we do have one more story trailer to show you, the international version of the same trailer. If you are thinking, “Hey man, it’s just going to be the same trailer with subtitles for other languages,” you are wrong. Disney and Star Wars have made a point of adding in extra scenes and dialogue into their international trailers, so there is plenty of new material to see. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, take a second to watch it through.
So here we go boys and girls. Let’s jump into the breakdown of the new material from the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story International Trailer #2.
The first shot of the trailer is very similar to the US version that we saw a couple of weeks ago, except instead of seeing Galen Erso watching the oncoming Imperial craft land, we see young Jyn Erso running away from the oncoming craft. Perhaps she is running home to warn her father about what is coming.
The next new shot in the trailer is the first appearance of Jyn Erso’s mother, Lyra Erso. We have heard about Lyra Erso from the new Star Wars expanded universe book Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: Catalyst, but until now, we had not seen a live action portrayal of her. She is seen giving young Jyn a Kyber Crystal necklace and telling her to “Trust the Force.” Outside of Donnie Yen’s character, Chirrut Îmwe, we didn’t really know how much Force talk we would get in this movie, but this new scene seems to confirm that the Erso’s are believers in the power of the Force.
After the flashback ends, we jump into the present time to see adult Jyn cradling her Kyber Crystal in her hands while she is shackled and in Imperial custody. This shows just how much this memento means to her.
The next piece of new info we get is confirmation that Galen Erso was the person who sent a signal to the rebellion about the upcoming weapons test of an Imperial super weapon. In the scene, Mon Mothma is explaining the situation to Jyn, and Jyn responds with “Why me?” Cpt. Cassian Andor then tells her that her father sent the message to the rebel high command.
In this scene, we finally learn the name of this “Imperial super weapon, and spoiler alert, it is called the Death Star! We also get a shot of the Death’s Star’s weapon operations sector as they line up for a test shot.
Here it is ladies and gentlemen, what we assume is the first shot ever fired from the Death Star itself. If you can remember the US version of the trailer, we got a pretty amazing shot of the Death Star blocking out the sun as it passed over Jedha. Now we see the continuation of that shot, as the Death Star fires it’s weapon immediately as it passes in front of the sun. Another incredibly framed shot by director Gareth Edwards.
As you can see, the weapon didn’t do as much damage as the Empire would have hoped, because Jedha didn’t immediately turn into a pile of space dust. This scene shows Cpt. Andor’s ship, with Cassian and Jyn in tow, as they are trying to escape the devastation of the blast.
We are now back in the Rebellion war room where a member of the alliance is asking a very important question, “If the Empire has this kind of power, what chance do we have?” Jyn Erso reminds everyone that rebellions are built on hope.
The next scene begins with Cpt. Andor telling Jyn that he wants to help take out the Death Star, and Jyn tells him that they need a team. That leads to Chirrut and Baze’s entry into this trailer, and a nice C3PO type line from K2SO about their chances of failure being 97.6%. Thanks for the pick me up K2. The image we see here looks to be Jyn overseeing the attack on the Imperial base on Scarif.
Here we see Jyn Erso deliver one of the most iconic lines from the entirety of the Star Wars franchise, “May the Force be with us.” This line, or a line very similar to this, has been in every Star Wars film to date. Not only does this continue the trend of the importance of the Force throughout the franchise, it shows that the Force is very important to Jyn.
After Jyn’s hopeful message to her team, we jump back into the battle on Scarif. We don’t get to see too much more, but the fact that it has been included in every trailer for Rogue One to date is an indication that this will probably be the big climax of the movie.
This scene is pretty much straight from the US version of the trailer, except the international version gives us some insight into what Vader and Orson Krennic are talking about. Krennic delivers a line very similar to another Imperial officer in episode 4, “The power that we are dealing with is immeasurable.” We don’t hear Vader’s response, but we can assume that it will be something about the power of the Force being better than the Death Star.
Here we get another look at the battle above Scarif as X Wings circle what looks like a docking area for imperial vessels. You can expect this battle to be happening at the same time as the ground battle is taking place on Scarif.
This is a great shot of Vader as we see him with his hand in a very familiar vice like grip position. This is generally how he channels his Force Choke ability, but we can’t say for certain if he is choking anyone or not. This image is shown while Jyn is delivering a message to her team about taking all the chances that they have until the chances run out. Ominous?
The trailer closes on our heroine, Jyn Erso, as she is on the spire of the Scarif Imperial base holding a blaster pistol. This could be the moment that leads to her walking into the path of an oncoming TIE fighter, a scene that we have seen in previous trailers.
Well, that about wraps it up for the new information and scenes in the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story International Trailer #2. We got a lot of talk about the Force and some great new shots that confirm some of the speculation that has been going around online and in our bi monthly Star Wars centric Buddha-casts.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story releases on December 15, 2016.