07/04/2016 12:26 BST | Updated 07/04/2016 14:05 BST

'Rogue One' Trailer Sees Felicity Jones Take The Lead In 'Star Wars' Spin-Off

Beware of the Shadowtrooper!

'Star Wars' fans will be beside themselves, after the release of the first 'Rogue One' trailer. 

The film is the first of a series of spin-offs from the main franchise, and a new teaser has revealed 'The Theory Of Everything' star Felicity Jones in her lead role as Jyn Erso.


It has also given a first look at what looks to be a Shadowtrooper, which is a black-armoured version of the traditional Stormtrooper, which appeared in the original 'Star Wars' films. 

The Shadowtroopers have an army of fans following appearances in various spin-off media.

A Shadowtrooper appears in the new trailer

‘Rogue One’ will explore the characters and events beyond the core 'Star Wars' saga, with the action set between the events of 2005 prequel 'Revenge Of The Sith' and the first original 'Star Wars' film, 1977's 'A New Hope'.

Forest Whitaker also stars in the 'Star Wars' spin-off

Further details have been kept a closely-guarded secret, but it was previously announced that Ben Mendelsohn, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen and Forest Whitaker also star in the film, and it has been directed by British director Gareth Edwards.

'Rogue One' is slated for release on 16 December 2016. 

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