Several new TV spots for the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have hit the web. They will all no doubt get your blood pumping for what will be the Rebel Alliance’s first win against the Galactic Empire but one of the spots stands out in particular.
In spot #26, what is technically the 15-second “In 10 Days” spot, a shot of the Rebel fleet reveals a ship that fans of the animated DisneyXD series Star Wars Rebels will recognize as a VCX-100 light freighter, A.K.A. The Ghost.
For those who don’t watch Rebels, the series follows a group of heroic smugglers part of the Rebellions Phoenix Squadron. Led by a Twi’lek named Hera Syndulla who was compelled to fight against the Empire as well as a Jedi Knight who survived Order 66 named Caleb Dume. After surviving the purge, Caleb changed his name to Kanan Jarrus and abandoned the ways of the force to maintain a low profile in the galaxy until he met Hera and re-embraced the force, becoming the hero he was destined to be.
Seeing the Ghost in live-action, as well as the inclusion of Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) from the Clone Wars series officially bridges the films to the animated series in canon. Solidifying the entire Star Wars universe.
But will we see the Ghost crew in Rogue One? I think it’s highly doubtful as it would be problematic. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but fitting the entire crew into the film seems like a lot to pack in. It could also alienate general audiences who aren’t aware of who the characters are. Lastly, it would reveal the fate of the characters in the series. As of now, the current plot of Rebels is taking place about two years before the events of Rogue One.
The other spots also give us a glimpse at some Y-wings that are included in the Battle of Scarif as well as some more hilarious dialog from K-2SO on Jedha.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16th.
The film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. Directed by Gareth Edwards.
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. In theaters December 2016.