With the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story taking place shortly before the timeline of the original trilogy, it has long been believed that Darth Vader would appear at some point in the film. Rumors of Vader’s involvement in Rogue One began swirling last summer when Birth.Movies.Death reported that the Dark Lord of the Sith would be looming behind the scenes and pulling the strings of some lesser instruments of the Empire, and earlier this year Making Star Wars reported that we would finally get to see the iconic villain on the battlefield as part of a large-scale skirmish.
Now, thanks to the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, we have an official confirmation that Darth Vader will indeed be part of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Check out the cover below.
While the issue won’t be hitting newsstands until later this week, EW’s online preview promises a “run-down of the Sith lord’s first day on set, and what his return means for the larger Star Wars storytelling universe.” And while Vader was the primary antagonist in the original trilogy, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be front and center this time – our heroes will mostly be contending with “Ben Mendelsohn’s ambitious officer, who’s eager to earn the favor of the Emperor – and avoid the wrath of his black-masked enforcer.”
Curiously enough, the preview also mentions that Rogue One will reintroduce some classic characters – we’ve seen Mon Mothma in the trailers already, but who else could they be referring to? A cameo from Alden Ehrenreich as the newly-cast Han Solo has been rumored, but I’m hoping Lucasfilm opts against this – after all, Solo doesn’t really factor into the narrative until A New Hope, and to introduce him in Rogue One doesn’t feel like it makes any real sense from a storytelling perspective.
Regardless, Rogue One promises to deliver a new kind of Star Wars adventure, and we can’t wait to see what director Gareth Edwards has in store for us when the film hits theaters on December 16.
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