How ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Reminded Me To Hope Again

Warning! This post is personal and slightly political, so if that isn’t something you are interested in, feel free to check out the first Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets trailer or my review of Marvel’s latest Doctor Strange

This has been an incredibly difficult week. I was very open about supporting Hillary Clinton. My hope was to see a female President enter the White House, but as we all know, the story didn’t conclude that way. Instead, Donald Trump became the next President of the United States. Upon learning that news, I was hit with a wave of sadness, anger, and fear, those feelings have stuck with me over the course of this week. While I do accept the results and understand that we must come together as a country, I can’t help but be fearful. Fearful of undoing the progress that I have witnessed growing up in this country.

That brings me to this evening. I was still feeling defeated and upset. When I received a notification that a new international trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars had hit the web, I checked it out instantly. For those who don’t know…I’m slightly obsessed with Star WarsRogue One is the first anthology film within the Star Wars universe. This will tell the story of how The Rebels stole the plans to the Death Star and started a revolution.

This international trailer showcased just how powerful a group of individuals could be against one of the most powerful empires in storytelling. It reminded me of how these characters can still put up a fight, against all odds. Many rebellions have been built upon hope and the idea that one person can make a change. This trailer was what I needed this week.

Yes, Star Wars isn’t real (sadly) but this was the reminder I needed. I needed to be reminded that sometimes evil takes over but hope cannot be lost. Even though this election was devastating, the fight for progress, equality, and inclusiveness isn’t over, it’s only just beginning…and for the next four years we have more Star Wars film, so there’s that.

Rogue One stars  Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, and Jonathan Aris.

Following the foundation of the Galactic Empire, a wayward band of Rebel fighters come together to carry out a desperate mission: to steal the plans for the Death Star before it can be used to enforce the Emperor’s rule.

 Rogue One arrives in theaters on December 16th.

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