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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The world was set on fire last December when STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS arrived in theaters. For many, the film was exactly the return to form the franchise needed after the disappointing prequel trilogy of the mid-2000s. It’s been over a month since the film’s release, and now most fans are looking forward to the next entry in the franchise: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY.

While set in the same universe as the much-beloved STAR WARS saga, Disney had gone a long way to ensure that audiences know that ROGUE ONE will not be a continuation of the main story. Instead, the movie is its own standalone feature, with new characters, a new story, and its own separate tone and style to boot. Up until this point, specific details on the film have been sparse. Yes, we have some plot details: ROGUE ONE follows a band of resistance fighters in their mission to steal the plans for the original Death Star. We even a pretty sweet-looking cast photo, but apart from that, all we’ve had to feed on are rumors.

Chief among these rumors are that Darth Vader will be in the film to some capacity, but what hasn’t been clear is how big of a role he will have.

Before I go any further, I think it’s important to give you a spoiler warning. While there aren’t any real plot twists, I know a lot of folks consider any information about the movie as spoilers, so here we go.

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According to a recent exclusive from JoBlo, Darth Vader will have a much larger role than originally thought. The site wasn’t able to give any specifics as to how big of a role we could expect from everyone’s favorite Sith Lord, but fans are sure to be pleased when they see him terrorizing planets across the galaxy in the film.

That wasn’t the only scoop from JoBlo. In fact, the site had several. Again, none of these are spoilers plot-wise, but just extra fun details for those who consider themselves unhealthily hardcore in their fandom (don’t worry. We’re we’re right there with you).

They confirmed that in ROGUE ONE, audiences will get to see what are being called Death Troopers–not to be confused with the book of the same name, which is essentially a zombie story in space. In short, these Death Troopers are Storm Troopers all clad in black. If you’ll recall, several months back, actor Donnie Yen shared a photo of a few different helmets, one of which was all-black. Could this be the helmet of the rumored Death Troopers? Only time will tell.

Of course, one of the main draws to any STAR WARS film are the droids. Say what you will about characters like Luke, Han, Rey, or Finn, but dammit, we love our droids. Be it R2-D2 for the first six films, or BB-8 for the most recent THE FORCE AWAKENS, there’s something to be said for the humanization of machines.

ROGUE ONE seems like it will be no different, as the main droid character in this film is said to be a “scene-stealer.” Described as a former Imperial droid that has been repurposed to fulfill Rebel duties, the droid is also described as dark grey or black in color. While sources did tell JoBlo that the droid had two legs, they did also specify that it looks a great deal different from your typical C-3PO-esque droid. Can this droid be the long-rumored Alan Tudyck motion-capture character? That’s where all speculation seems to be pointing.

The next scoop has to do with names. STAR WARS has a history for strange, cheesy, and interesting names, and one of the names supposedly present in ROGUE ONE is an equally weird “Cashen.” Of course, there’s no way of knowing at this point how the name is spelled. The site goes on to mention that the name can be spelled any variety of ways, like “Kashyn” or “Kashon.” It’s a small detail, that doesn’t really matter much, but I recommend you practice saying it now so you’ll be ready once the character’s name is officially revealed.

Lastly, JoBlo confirmed that not only will we get a new TIE fighter design, but that the ever-practical AT-AT Walkers will be making their slow and ominous return in this film.

That’s all that JoBlo had to offer, but in addition to these details, Twitter user DarrenArsenal1 has posted what he claims photos of the costumes from ROGUE ONE.

Take a look at them below!

It’s nothing new, but it is a closer look at some of the costumes we saw in that original group photo Disney showed us last year.

Which bit of news has you most excited for the film? Let us know in the comments down below!

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY hits theaters on December 16, 2016.

SOURCES: JoBlo, DarrenArsenal1

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.