Watch the 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' trailer that debuted during the Olympics

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: trailer unveils Darth Vader return

The mission has been revealed, but the Empire stands ready to defend itself against any and all rebellious forces, as the new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — unveiled Thursday during Olympic coverage on NBC — makes clear.

The movie, directed by Gareth Edwards, features Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, the leader of a team tasked with stealing plans for the Death Star ahead of the events of the first Star Wars movie in 1977. Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna are amongst her team, with Ben Mendelsohn leading the Imperial charge in response.

James Earl Jones returns as the voice of Darth Vader, his first time voicing the character in a feature film since 2005's Star Wars: Episode IIIRevenge of the Sith.

There was a bit of a wait for the trailer to drop it came more than two-and-a-half hours into NBC's primetime Olympic coverage. Fans on Twitter shared their thoughts on the wait.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released Dec. 16.

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