Rumors of Grand Moff Tarkin returning to the big screen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story date back to 2015, but a brand new television spot for the Gareth Edwards-directed movie may have just confirmed that the Imperial commander will indeed appear in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off, which hits theaters in a little over two weeks.
The latest spot, titled “Breath,” puts the spotlight on another iconic Star Wars villain, Darth Vader, but fans spotted a character that looks an awful lot like Tarkin. The villain is only seen from behind, but the shape of his head and ears along with his uniform and the cut of his hair all seem to confirm that this person is, indeed, Tarkin.
In Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Tarkin was portrayed by Peter Cushing, who died in 1994, but his character has made multiple appearances in comics, novels and other Star Wars properties since then. He even briefly appeared in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, where he was played by Wayne Pygram with the help of prosthetics.
You can check out the TV spot below along with a screencap of the moment.
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 as Jyn Erso, Diego Luna as Captain Cassian Andor, Ben Mendelsohn as Director Orson Krennic, Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe, Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso, Alan Tudyk as K-2SO, Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus, Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera, Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook, Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma and Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16th.