Gold Leader Discusses ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Return

Actor Angus MacInnes, known for his role as Jon "Gold Leader" Vander in A New Hope returns in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.'

Who likes Easter Eggs? Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is still winning at the box office, but a new piece of fun information has come out about the reappearance of the legendary Red and Gold leaders thanks to YouTuber Jamie Stangroom. Actor Angus MacInnes, known for his role as Jon “Gold Leader” Vander in the A New Hope, talked to Stangroom about his surprise reappearance in the Battle of Scarif.

It turns out Director Gareth Edwards found old negatives and archive footage from the original Star Wars film and had his team restore it to today’s high-quality standards.

“They contacted me and said they wanted to use the footage and [asked] could they?” MacInnes (Gold Leader) exclaimed.  “And I said yeah!”

The movie’s producers requested the actor re-dub his voice over the footage, so he was brought in to read a few new lines.  MacInnes explained that thanks to the similar nature of the two battles, it was easy to fit fresh dialogue over the old shots.

“If you look at it, like it was a bunch of spitfires, they basically go through the same routine everytime they attack.  This is very similar, but things like ‘watch out for those towers’ was a new line.”

Here’s the official synopsis for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story:

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,’ an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Genevieve O’Reilly and Jimmy Smits, with James Earl Jones reprising his voice role as Darth Vader.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now playing in theaters.

Source: Jamie Stangroom