Will “Rogue One” be any better than “Force Awakens”?

 

The new trailer to this Christmas’s new “Star Wars Story,” “Rogue One,” gives us a tantalizing international (and Oscar winning) cast, with flickers of Forest Whitaker, Felicity Jones, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna and others.

The tone is straight “Heart of Darkness/Empire Strikes Back.”A “rebel recruiter” and other characters we haven’t seen before, in name or in type, pop up.

The dialogue? “The imperial flag reigns over the galaxy.” Ugh. Unwind that one if you want.

A new weapon (Death Star, ya think?) is in “imminent” danger of being tested. And it um, must be stopped.

So, there’s novelty in this, sure. But it certainly gives a hint that it will be same old same old “Star Wars” plot and story arc, even if the characters are fresh.

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