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‘Rogue One’ trailer reveals the architect behind the Death Star, and plenty of new ‘Star Wars’ plot

Watch the trailer for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is finally ready to reveal a big bit of “Star Wars-ian” plot. The new trailer for the first standalone movie in the “Star Wars” universe, has doubled down on the audacity of hope, while simultaneously teasing a ton of new story details. 

The newest look at the film debuted Thursday morning on “Good Morning America” and delves a little more deeply into the backstory of main character Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and her involvement with the rebel forces. 

We see Jyn with her father, Gal Erso (Mads Mikkelsen),  in an exchange in which he tells her that everything he does is for her. The casting of Mikkelsen as Jyn’s father was in the summer during a Star Wars Celebration in London, but this is the first time we’ve gotten a glimpse.

It’s a moment that lingers when soon after we see that Gal, a scientist, has joined the Empire and is likely the architect who created of the greatest weapon the universe has ever known: the Death Star. 

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This pits Jyn against her father and his newfound loyalties as she allies herself with the rebel forces looking to steal the blueprints for the Death Star and, unwittingly, lay the groundwork for no less than nine future films. 

But Jyn is not alone in her quest to capture the plans and set up the events of “Star Wars: A New Hope.”

The cast of the new film is vast and notably diverse, with Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed and Forest Whitaker, among others, joining Jones and Mikkelsen in this previously unseen battle between rebel and Empire forces. 

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is set to open Dec. 16.

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