It feels like we are still calming down to some degree from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens last December. But in just four short months, Disney and Lucasfilm will be giving us another, brand new Star Wars movie in the form of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We have still only seen one trailer for the movie, but today the first official TV spot for Rogue One has surfaced.

There really isn't any new footage in this 30-second TV spot to speak of. For the most part, it is a very condensed version of the first Teaser that was released for Rogue One back in April. On the plus side, this does mean that Lucasfilm is ramping up their marketing campaign for the movie and that we will likely be seeing some new footage for the movie soon. We know Darth Vader is in this movie, and we really want to see him in action. Or at least hear him breathing.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a prequel movie that takes place in the time between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and tells the story of how the Rebels got their hands on the plans for the Empire's planet destroying weapon, the Death Star. The band of Rebels tasked with stealing the plans is being led by Jyn Erso, who has been described as a "Joan of Arc" character by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. She is accompanied by a mixed bag of rag-tag Rebels who are trying to secure the plans so that the Rebel Alliance can destroy the Empire's new, deadly weapon.

This first Star Wars spin-off movie is going to introduce a bunch of new characters who are being played by some top notch talent. The cast includes Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang and Forest Whitaker, who is playing Saw Gerrera from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The movie is directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards. The script was written by Chris Weitz, with the story by Gary Whitta and John Knoll.

There was quite a bit of disappointment a few weeks ago coming out of Star Wars Celebration when Disney and Lucasfilm decided not to drop a new, full-length trailer for Rogue One. They did show a new, exclusive piece of footage that was put together for those in attendance, which reportedly, finally showed Darth Vader, or his reflection at least. This TV spot at least means we should be expecting that new trailer sooner rather than later. In the meantime, be sure to check out the new TV Spot for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story below which comes from The movie opens on December 16.

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