As we already discussed yesterday, our favorite Sith Lord Darth Vader will be returning for the upcoming Star Wars “anthology” film Rogue One battling against our new heroes who are trying to steal battle plans for the Death Star. Of course, it makes sense, during this time in the Original Trilogy, Vader was one of the most feared villains in the galaxy. Besides Emperor Palpatine, there wasn’t anyone who was even in his league until his son Luke came along. Putting him in the film makes complete sense as he would be the perfect antagonist. At the time, however, we did not know his full involvement. Is this going to be a cameo, are we going to only see him as a hologram?
It has been confirmed that Vader will be in the movie, and James Earl Jones will be returning to provide the voice for Anakin Skywalker’s alter-ego. To bring back someone as high profile as Jones, expect to see a little bit more than a cameo. However, he will not be the main baddie. Executive producer Kathleen Kennedy states:
“He will be in the movie sparingly. But at a key, strategic moment, he’s going to loom large.”
Because in the timeline for this film Vader isn’t the larger than life character that he is in A New Hope, he’s more of a background player. Director Gareth Edwards offers further insights:
“Within the Empire, there is the culture of knowing of the existence of Darth Vader. There’s definitely an underlying feeling that there is a power – a dark power – available to the Empire and that if you overstep your mark, you will suffer the consequences.”
Vader will work in concert with the main imperial officer Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsoh). Even though both work for The Empire, they may not exactly be friends. Expect the two to have an antagonistic relationship similar to the one Kylo Ren and General Hux from The Force Awakens as there is a lot of backstabbing and political maneuvering going on in the Empire.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016