– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The Star Wars Anthology films are both a wonderful experiment and an exercise in cold feet from Lucasfilm. On one hand, the films have the potential to go in unexpected directions and really explore unknown reaches of the galaxy. They touched on this with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but not without having a firm grip on pre-existing lore.

Lucasfilm seems set to continue that trend with the Han Solo movie, by focusing the film on one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars galaxy. Apart from that, however, they really had the potential to delve into other seedier parts of the universe we hadn’t seen yet. But as with every Star Wars film, there is always speculation about Darth Vader gracing its narrative. The same rumors flew around regarding the Han Solo flick, but nothing really solid came about until now.

The folks over at That Hashtag Show have the scoop, and according to one of their sources, Darth Vader will indeed be in the Han Solo standalone flick. The source stated that there was someone on the set of the film as recently as two weeks ago, and that that someone was dressed in Darth Vader’s armor. Interestingly enough, it sounds like this someone will be different from Spencer Wilding, who was the man in the armor for Darth Vader in Rogue One.

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It’s an interesting bit of news, and you’d think that the studio would hire the same man to do the job for these movies. While That Hashtag Show generally has a good track record for this kind of thing, it does give me a bit of pause regarding the rumor’s authenticity.

Sadly, that was the only detail they divulged, and we know nothing regarding Vader’s supposed role. We have no idea how extensive it will be, or how it will play into the film.

Personally, this is an incredibly uninspired move from Lucasfilm, if true. Han Solo is someone who’s had no experience with the Force prior to meeting Luke, and to insert someone like Vader into the plot only speaks to the insecurity the studio must be feeling after switching directors for the production. Sure, it’s very possible that Han and Vader will never meet, but if that’s the case, it only seems to further highlight just how unnecessary he is to the story.

That being said, I said the same thing regarding Rogue One, and ended up LOVING Vader’s role in it, so it’ll all live or die in the execution of the thing.

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SOURCE: That Hashtag Show

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.