Another day, another Star Wars Rogue One trailer. I hope you love some heavy breathing because overlaying the entire TV spot is Darth Vader breathing. And Grand Moff Tarkin. Five seconds in we get a view from the back of what looks to be Tarkin himself.
It’s getting to the point Lucasfilm and Disney should slow up on the trailers and just replay the current slate. They have us. Those worried about it underperforming need only to look at the server slowdowns on popular movie ticket sites – tickets went on sale today for Rogue One.
Expect this to be cleared up quickly in the movie, but Grand Moff Tarkin was in charge of the construction of the Death Star. We know from A New Hope, he was also placed in command of the superweapon.
What about Director Krennic? There’s a reason we always see him with his squad of death troopers. He leads the security surrounding the project. Rogue One is all about stealing the Death Star plans.
It makes sense for the plot to include the Director of Advanced Weapons Research. It’s his volatile nature which pushed him into the role of securing the construction and using his squads of death troopers as personal weapons against the Rebel Alliance.
It also makes for badass looking stormtroopers, and it’s hard to hate on the decision.
New Footage in Rogue One Trailers
In addition to the TV spot, the full-length trailer attached to the Disney Magical Holiday Celebration released over the holiday weekend:
Both trailers flesh out a few scenes including one we would have preferred left to the silver screen. The X-Wings moving against the walkers after the rocket launcher failed to bring one down. Not a big spoiler, but it would have been more impactful had it been left out of the marketing.
Rogue One Box Office Tracking
With tickets on sale today, we will see more definitive tracking estimates in the coming days. Personally, I feel like it’s destined for a $150 million-plus opening weekend. Darth Vader. The Death Star. It may have a new cast, but there’re enough throwbacks to have fans flocking to the theaters.
Will it eclipse the numbers set by The Force Awakens at $248 million? Conventional wisdom says no, but never tell a rebel the odds. Sound off on the new trailer. Is the addition of Tarkin pushing the hype for the movie even higher?