The interesting thing about the mounting excitement for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘ is how much it is built on details. Whether it’s the larger thrust of the film’s story (learning the details of just how the Rebels got their hands on the Death Star plans), the production design (the fidelity of the film to the original ‘Star Wars’, from the overall look of the film to the computer displays seen in the Rebel base), or even the minutia of the trailers (this one has a few more seconds of Darth Vader!), it’s all about the details.
Of course, this focus on details means that some are easier to miss than others, and the latest TV spot for ‘Rogue One’ provides a case of exactly that. To be more precise, the spot includes a blink-and-you-miss-it shot that provides our first look at the character played by returning ‘Star Wars’ alum Warwick Davis. You can see the TV spot here:
In addition to the spot, Davis shared his excitement on Twitter, including a still of his character in action and noting that this marks the first time he’s played who gets to handle a blaster.
— Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) November 14, 2016
Of course, Davis has appeared in ‘Star Wars’ films in the past, most famously as the Ewok Wicket in ‘Return of the Jedi’. However, he has also made appearances in ‘The Phantom Menace’ and ‘The Force Awakens’, and is confirmed to be appearing in an unspecified role in ‘Episode VIII’. Davis’s ‘Rogue One’ character has not yet been named, but if the past is prologue, it will likely be something with a “W”.
Directed by Gareth Edwards, the events of ‘Rogue One’ take place shortly before the original 1977 film, following a group of Rebel spies who find themselves tasked with stealing the plans to the Death Star and delivering them to the Alliance.
‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ will open in theaters on December 16, 2016, almost exactly a year after the release of ‘The Force Awakens’. In addition to Warwick Davis, the film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, and Alan Tudyk.