We've heard a lot of rumors over the past few months regarding Darth Vader's inclusion in Gareth Edward's Rogue One: A Story Wars Story. Well, the classic villain is confirmed to be in the film, and his role in the story is apparently quite large.
We've previously heard that Spencer Wilding (Guardians of the Galaxy) will be the actor in the costume and that James Earl Jones will be back to lend his voice to the character. It's been rumored that some of the scenes Vader will be involved with will be "brutal." There are details on his look in the movie that you can read about here, and there's other rumored info on his involvement in the story that you can read here.
With the film revolving around a team of rebels embarking on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star from the Empire, it only made sense that Vader would have to be in the movie!
There will be a lot more information on Rogue One coming when the new issue of Entertainment Weekly is released on Friday. We have the cover for that upcoming issue that you can see below, and here's a tease of what kind of information will be included in that magazine, which includes who Mads Mikkelsen and Alan Tudyk play in the film.
The background of our cover showcases new Imperial weaponry being used against the nascent Rebellion: taller, slimmer walkers known as AT-ACTs hauling cargo, and flatter, fang-like interceptors known as TIE Strikers.
New information about Jyn Erso (The Theory of Everything’s Felicity Jones), the outlaw who has clashed with both the Rebellion and the Empire, and now has a chance to clear her ledger of past wrongs by leading a mission for the good guys. It’s also personal – her father, played by Mads Mikkelsen, is a scientist whose knowledge is sought by both sides.
Full details of the squad of characters uniting to take on the Empire, played by the most multicultural cast to appear in a Star Wars film yet: Diego Luna, Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Forest Whitaker, and Alan Tudyk – as a performance-capture droid. (One of these has been seen before by Star Wars fans.)
A look at the skullduggery inside the Imperial ranks, as seen through the eyes of a new villain: Ben Mendelsohn’s ambitious officer, who’s eager to earn the favor of the Emperor – and avoid the wrath of his black-masked enforcer.
Candid revelations from the filmmakers about what the current reshoots are adding to the story as the film nears its December release.
Finally, confirmation of what fans have hoped ever since the project was announced: Vader is back. We have a run-down of the Sith lord’s first day on set, and what his return means for the larger Star Wars storytelling universe.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16th.