Disney released the first trailer for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” Thursday morning on “Good Morning America.”
The “Star Wars” prequel — set after “Episode III” and before “Episode IV” (“Star Wars: A New Hope”), the original 1977 “Star Wars” movie — follows a ragtag band of resistance fighters trying to steal the plans for the original Death Star.
The teaser opens with Felicity Jones’ character, spy Jyn Erso, being arrested and charged with “forgery of stolen documents, arson and aggravated assault and resisting arrest.” Erso is commissioned by the Rebel Alliance to investigate the Empire’s new superweapon.
“This is a rebellion isn’t it? I rebel,” she later says to leader Mon Mothma (from “Return of the Jedi”) after she calls her “reckless, aggressive and undisciplined.” She’s shown fighting a group of Stormtroopers in another scene.
The “Rogue One” trailer offers a glimpse of Erso dressed in Imperial uniform.
“What will you do if they catch you? What will you do if they break you? If you continue to fight, what will you become?” Forest Whitaker’s character asks her.
The teaser also shows Ben Mendelsohn — an Imperial admiral — and Donnie Yen, battling a garrison of stormtroopers with a blade.
The film, directed by Gareth Edwards, also stars Diego Luna, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed. Chris Weitz and Gary Whitta wrote the screenplay based on an idea by John Knoll.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first of several planned spinoffs, hits theaters on Dec. 16.