Star Wars fans the world-over continue their patient wait to see the second in a wave of six new Star Wars films Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the latest outing in the 50-year-running saga that takes you back before the creation of A New Hope‘s Death Star.
Since the first trailer was released in March, news on the project has been scarce, but as Rogue One‘s December release date draws closer Lucasfilm begins to share a little more information on the movie here and there. The latest news revolves around a certain heavy-breathing character that you will no doubt be looking forward to see show up in the film.
Darth Vader makes headlines once again, with EW‘s current round of Rogue One news featuring a conversation with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy who is quick to mention that the globe’s favourite Sith Lord “will be in the movie sparingly“, which may come as a slight disappointment to fans who want to see Vader given heavier screen time. However, Kennedy goes on to say that director Gareth Edwards will be using the character for “a key, strategic moment” putting things in perspective. When The Force Awakens was revealed it became clear that the new films are more about bringing in new characters, and so we expected the majority of the spotlight to be on them anyway.
Edwards himself alludes to Vader being more of a legend who isn’t usually talked about in the Galaxy, saying:
“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.”
It seems that although Ben Mendelsohn’s Director Krennic (pictured above) is the main antagonist of the film, who is trying to prevent the stealing of the Death Star plans, Darth Vader will certainly be a character “looming” in the background and a key piece of the puzzle. Krennic doesn’t quite fully understand the relationship between Vader and the Emperor, and is not confident in the solidarity of his position, given that one slip could see the Jedi-turned-Sith Lord dispose of him.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrives in cinemas December 17th