At first glance, the latest extended TV spot from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would appear to be the same clip released from the ABC Holiday Special revolving around all things Disney. It gives us a fresh look at the new villain Direcor Orson Krennic and turncoat droid K-S2O, along with quite a few explosion-filled action shots. But this particular sneak peek also gives away a potentially big spoiler and one very cool extended moment from a scene we've seen plenty of times before.
The two coolest moments involve X-Wing fighters coming to the rescue during the beach raid on Scarif. And we get to see more of blind Chirrut Imwe, played by Donnie Yen, as he takes on a whole platoon of Stromtroopers. He's in a tight corner, but his best friend Baze Malbus comes to the rescue, proving you always want a trusty blaster at your side. These moments seem like they'd mean more in context watching the film for the first time. And last year, this close to The Force Awakens' release in theaters, we weren't given such big moments before the premiere.
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The story is by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, and the screenplay is by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016. The movie is already tracking to be the biggest holiday release of the year, and will pull in more than $100 during its opening weekend. Tickets go on sale this Monday, and there will be advanced showings on Thursday December 15. While we all anxiously wade through these next few days, take a look at this latest sneak peek courtesy of LuscasFilm.