darth vader, james earl jones, star wars, rogue one, trailerA new trailer for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" dropped on Thursday night, fleshing out the film's central characters and featuring a hell of a goosebump-inducing kicker starring the most famous "Star Wars" villain of all time.The clip begins by painting a grim portrait of the galaxy, which has started to succumb to Imperial forces in every corner. As Forest Whitaker 's character explains to Felicity Jones's Jyn Erso, "The world is coming undone." Enter Jyn, a slave, to save the day, by leading a team to steal some mighty important plans from the burgeoning Empire (a.k.a. those to the Death Star, which are used to great success by Rebel forces in "Episode IV: A New Hope").

But before all that can happen, Jyn needs to assemble her crew, and we see her meet all the key characters that will assist in her mission: Whitaker, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, and a friendly-but-overly-blunt android voiced by Alan Tudyk. The latter character gives off shades of C-3PO as he woefully declares that Jyn and her fellow rebels have a "97.6 percent chance of failure" on their mission.

We have a sneaking suspicion that everything will work out alright for this rag-tag crew -- though facing down villains like Ben Mendelsohn's Director Orson Krennic (glimpsed here in some ominous shots) and the iconic Darth Vader (voiced by the returning legend James Earl Jones, and viewed ever-so-briefly doing some of signature heavy breathing for few seconds at the tail end of the trailer) certainly won't be easy.

"Are you with me?" Jyn asks her team.

"All the way," Luna's character replies.

We're in, too.

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" hits theaters on December 16.

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