Fans holding out a new hope for details about “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” were rewarded Thursday when Disney/Lucasfilm released the upcoming film’s second trailer containing tantalizing additions to the trailer delivered in August.
The initial one showed us “The Theory of Everything” Oscar nominee Felicity Jones as newly recruited rebel Jyn Erso, who is tasked to help destroy a superweapon not yet referred to as the Death Star. Thursday’s roughly 2 1⁄2-minute follow-up begins with a flashback to her as a child, and her father (Mads Mikkelsen) assuring her that everything he’s done has been to protect her.
Shortly afterward, a man asks the now-grown Jyn, “When was the last time you were in contact with your father?” A woman then informs Jyn that he “appears [to be] critical to the development of the superweapon.” Jyn’s response? “If my father built this thing, we need to find him.” The conceit dovetails with that of the original “Star Wars” trilogy, which also involved a mysterious father who was instrumental for the dark side, with his Force-infused children rebelling.
The new trailer also formally confirms the meaning of the title. “They are requesting a call sign,” a crew member of a spaceship being used by a magnificent seven or maybe eight or nine rebels asks the captain. “It’s, um, Rogue. Rogue One,” the captain replies.
Elsewhere, Jyn ties in to the subtitle of the original 1977 “Star Wars,” saying, “We have hope. Rebellions are built on hope.”
As of Thursday morning, the trailer had received 423,828 views, with 46,560 likes and 549 dislikes on YouTube.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is scheduled for release Dec. 16.