A new TV ad for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” boils down the upcoming tale to its core and also offers glimpses of new footage.
As audiences have learned from past trailers, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is drumming up support to rebel against the evil Galactic Empire as it works on a new super-weapon — the infamous Death Star seen in George Lucas’ first “Star Wars” movie.
“The Empire is building a terrible weapon,” she says. “I need your help. We can stop them.”
What follows is a line that could be interpreted as a wink to Tuesday’s presidential election: “This is your chance to make a real difference… We have hope.”
Is this possibly Disney-Lucasfilm’s sly get-out-the-vote campaign?
Of course, the film’s final trailer offers the deepest look at the “Star Wars” spinoff.
It takes place between the prequel and original trilogies as the Empire’s hold on the galaxy continues to strengthen. A ragtag rebel militia led by Jyn Erso (Jones), are sent in to pull off a mission that could be the last chance to defeat the Emperor.
Their job: steal the plans to the Death Star. Among her allies are Rebel intel officer Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Force warrior Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen), and Clone War veteran Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker).
Mads Mikkelsen, who is also the villain in this weekend’s “Doctor Strange,” plays Galen Erso, Jyn Erso’s father.
Directed by Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla”), “Rogue One” enters theaters on December 16.