Disney and Lucasfilm just released the first official teaser of the Star Wars spin off, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and we can’t help but notice the cool things that we spotted in the teaser – both old and new – that pay homage to the original Star Wars trilogy. Now that the smoke started to settle from the teaser’s debut last week, many fans are asking the obvious question: Where is, Darth Vader?
Being a spin-off as it is that chronicles the events that led to the Rebel Alliance’s possession of the blueprints for the Death Star in Star Wars Episode IV, many believed that Darth Vader is going to make an appearance in Rogue One. It was already reported that he is definitely coming back in the spin-off and may even come with his line up of merchandise dedicated to him when September’s ‘Force Friday’ arrives. However, many were left scratching their heads in bewilderment when the minute and half teaser were released without even a hint, or reference to the Sith Lord.
As of to date, Lucasfilm and Disney have been mum in answering the obvious, but fans can take comfort that Darth Vader is indeed making a comeback as revealed through a report by Flickering Myth. According to their sources, Darth Vader’s casting has already been revealed and instead of Hayden Christensen playing the role as previously rumored, it will be British actor Spencer Wilding, who has been selected to portray the physical acting for the iconic Sith Lord. The report also cited a reliable source that confirms Wilding has been practicing on certain lines so it confirms that Darth Vader will not just be a cameo, but will take an active role In Rogue One’s plot.
In case you’re not familiar with the name, Spencer Wilding is known for his roles in Batman Begins as one of the members of the elite League of Shadows, Wrath of the Titans as the Minotaur, and more recently, as the mean guard in Guardians of the Galaxy.
According to Flickering Myth, Wilding has been working already on several lines, but will only do the physical acting for Vader since his classic techno voice will still be dubbed most likely by James Earl Jones, very much the same as when David Prowse did when he played the role in the original Star Wars trilogy.
What remains to be seen is how much screen time Vader will receive in Rogue One. Screen Rant gave an interesting proposition stating that Vader’s comeback may be best utilized as a selling point in marketing the film.
“If their handling of franchise veterans in Episode VII is any indication, Lucasfilm will be smart in how they incorporate their prized villain. It would arguably be for the best if Vader was featured more in a supporting capacity, since Rogue One is not meant to focus on him. The purpose of doing these anthologies is to expand the universe and give fans other characters to care about. Vader’s inclusion should prove to be a major selling point when the marketing campaign truly heats up, but as was the case with Force Awakens, the newcomers will most likely be placed front and center.”
We may not know yet the details of Darth Vader’s role in Rogue One, nor the length of screen time given to him by Director Gareth Edwards, but we know for sure that the Sith Lord’s presence in Rogue One means that things will not be easy for Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso and her rag tag team of rebels – and Spencer Wilding will make sure that his rendition of Vader will send cold shivers even to the bravest soldiers of the Rebel Alliance.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: StarWarsNews Net