The more-machine-now-than-man-in-black is back. Darth Vader, long rumored to be part of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has been confirmed to appear in the film by Entertainment Weekly.
Not only that, but James Earl Jones has also been confirmed to return as Vader’s voice. Because, as anyone who has played Battlefront will tell you, there is no substitute.
How much will Darth Vader feature in the film? Not very much, according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “He will be in the movie sparingly,” she says. “But at a key, strategic moment, he’s going to loom large.”
Translation: This isn’t a glorified cameo. While he may not be physically present for much of the film, his presence will be felt.
Confirming this long-held speculation is a good move by those behind the film. After being blown away by the teaser trailer, many fans were disheartened to learn that as much as 40 percent of the film might be undergoing reshoots.
Sources differ as to the reason for the reshoots. Some say that Disney panicked when they saw the movie and ordered scenes reshot to lighten the war-movie tone. Others say that it was nothing out of the ordinary; reshoots are a part of the Hollywood machine. What is certain is that this will be a Star Wars movie unlike any we’ve ever seen, and it will set the precedent for all the non-Episode entries to come.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, starring Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Mads Mikkelsen, and Forest Whitaker among many, many others, is set to open December 16th.