Mark your calendars for August 11. That’s the evening we will get another glimpse of a full-length trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. During the Olympics. I never thought I would say I wish there were more commercials during Olympic coverage, but here we are.
Yeah, we got a trailer for a trailer. The marketing of movies is getting absurd, but it’s Star Wars. It gets an automatic free pass no matter how annoying the practice is.
15 seconds of Star Wars goosebumps. Actually 10 seconds of mostly rehashed content from the April teaser. But, we do get a look at a U-Wing taking off, and the trailer showcases Baze Malbus, Cassian Andor, Chirrut Îmwe, and Jyn Erso.
No Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera? It’s a bit disappointing, but it doesn’t mean he won’t be there Thursday evening.
And the badass AT-ACT walkers (think giant AT-ATs). Anyone else wary we may be seeing the highlight of the AT-ACT action in the trailer? Surely not, but studios have been in the business of marketing one shot, and it’s from an entirely different angle in theaters.
Just Leak it Disney
I’m all for the Olympics, and it’s been fun to watch when it’s actually on. The problem is while we know the date, there’s zero information on timing.
That means Star Wars fan will be on the edge of their seats whenever the commentator says ‘we’ll be right back.’ Every 5 minutes. Oh, you wanted to watch the race? NBC has to recoup the cost of sending its entire news division to Rio.
Do you think it makes it until tomorrow night without leaking? What are your expectations for the trailer? I know it’s a commando/spy mission, but damn, I want a space battle. No lightsabers. Capital ships and starfighters in a slugging match against each other.
Let me dream. Prepare yourself YouTube. The Star Wars masses will descend upon you tomorrow evening.