If you were worried that Rogue One looked too serious for the often lighthearted, sometimes campy Star Wars universe, Disney wants you to know that won’t be the case.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Disney’s Lucasfilm released a new trailer for the latest Star Wars film that feels a bit more family-oriented than much of the film’s other marketing. Entitled “Trust,” the trailer features a number of quips that lighten the otherwise rather foreboding mood.
“I’ll be there for you,” says K-2SO, a droid voiced by Alan Tudyk. “The captain said I had to.”
“Charming,” ripostes Jyn Erso, the film’s heroine, played by Felicity Jones.
Rogue One takes place shortly before the original Star Wars film, A New Hope. It follows Erso and a ragtag group of Rebels who try to steal the Empire’s plans to the Death Star before it can be turned into a galactic superweapon.
The tone of the movie has been the subject of much speculation. It has been called both a “war film” and a “heist film.” And it underwent reshoots this summer amid unsubstantiated rumors that Disney wanted to soften the film’s tone, shifting it from a heavy war film to a “lighthearted caper,” according to Entertainment Weekly.
The new trailer adds a few gratuitous shots of the Death Star and several sequences of X-Wing Starfighters in action, lest you forget it is, indeed, a Star Wars tale. Previous trailers have showed off the film’s promising cinematography.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes out Dec. 16 in the US. Tickets went on sale early this morning, and within a few hours the website Fandango reportedly crashed under the weight of requests for advance tickets.