NEW YORK — Welcome back to the galaxy far, far away.
The trailer for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first spinoff film in the “Star Wars” film franchise, debuted on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday.
With the brief teaser, Disney gave fans the first glimpse of the new “Star Wars” film starring Felicity Jones.
It takes place in the universe of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo. But “Rogue One” is a bit different than your average “Star Wars” film.
The film is a spinoff rather than a continuation of the space saga involving the Skywalker family. It hits theaters December 16 and is set just before the plot of the 1977 “Star Wars” and follows a group of rebels trying to steal plans to the Death Star.
The trailer starts with hints of John Williams’ famous score, while introducing a war-weary rebellion and Jones’ reckless and aggressive main character.
“This is a rebellion, isn’t it?” Jones’ character asks. “I rebel.”
“Rogue One” looks to rack up a big box office, but from the looks of the trailer, it appears to be darker than what fans are used to.
This would stay in line with director Gareth Edwards’ description of “Rogue One” as a war film.
The spinoff is the first “Star Wars” film to be released by Disney since December’s hugely successful “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
“Force Awakens,” the seventh film in the original franchise, was one of the biggest blockbusters ever. The film, starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Harrison Ford, made over $2.06 billion worldwide.