The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly finally confirms that Darth Vader will indeed return in Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and now the first details on his role in the movie have been revealed. First off, the magazine has confirmed that James Earl Jones will be returning as the voice of the character, but that was pretty much a given considering that the actor is still voicing Vader on Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels.
As for how much screentime the fan favorite character will have in the movie, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy told Entertainment Weekly the following:
“He will be in the movie sparingly. But at a key, strategic moment, he’s going to loom large.”
The magazine then goes on to reveal that, at this point in the timeline, The Rebels barely know anything about who he is and what his role is within the Empire, where he’s considered to be something of a legend. Here’s what Edwards had to say about that:
“Within the Rebellion, it’s not commonly spoken about. 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.”
However, despite the fact that Vader will be making an appearance in Rogue One, the main villain of the movie is none other than Ben Mendelsohn’s Director Orson Krennic, who wants to move up in the Imperial ranks without angering the Sith Lord:
“There is a lot of palace intrigue going on in the Empire, with people conspiring to move up the ranks and sabotaging each other,” producer John Knoll says. “There’s not a lot of loyalty there.”
“Vader doesn’t really play by the rules,” says Kiri Hart, Lucasfilm’s chief of story development. “He’s present in the military structure, but he’s not beholden to it. He’s not accountable to anybody, really, except Palpatine.”
To read all about Darth Vader’s first day on set, click here to head over to Entertainment Weekly. What do you guys think? Are you looking forward to seeing the character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Sound-off your thoughts in the comment section below.