Ladies and gentlemen, Iâ€™d like to welcome Darth Vader back into the live-action â€œStar Warsâ€ franchise. Sure, we only last saw him in â€œRevenge of the Sith,â€ but admit it, that wasnâ€™t the Darth Vader we knew and loved from the original trilogy of â€œStar Warsâ€ films. And yes, he was in the TV show â€œStar Wars Rebels,â€ but we havenâ€™t had the honest-to-goodness Darth Vader grace the silver screen for a long time.
According to Birth Movies Death, Vader wonâ€™t be coming back through the main series of films, but rather through â€œStar Wars Anthology: Rogue One,â€ the first spinoff film of many to come. For those who donâ€™t know, â€œRogue Oneâ€ follows a ragtag team of Rebels as they attempt to swipe the plans for the Death Star, so it makes sense that Vader would at least make an appearance in the flick.
The outletâ€™s source went on to say that Vader would show up via holo projection, but didnâ€™t say if heâ€™d show up physically. The source was also tightlipped about whether or not Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin would show up in the movie. The last time we saw this guy was also in â€œRevenge of the Sith,â€ but it was only in one distant shot–with him covered in prosthetics, no less. Not exactly the kind of thing we’d want to see in a prolonged performance. As such, wouldnâ€™t surprise me if they dodged any potential appearances.
Count me excited to see Vader back in action as the unrelenting baddie. In both â€œReturn of the Jediâ€ and â€œRevenge of the Sithâ€ he was hampered by those pesky emotions. Rest assured, he wonâ€™t have any conflicting emotions with the protagonists ofthis film to hold him back from letting loose. Weâ€™ll literally be seeing the man in the prime of his evil.
Thereâ€™s no word yet on who the main villain of â€œRogue Oneâ€ is set to be, but now that we know Vader will be making the rounds, whomever our band of brothers are up against will likely be reporting to him. And since the Jedi are all extinct in this time in history, he or she will probably not have any special Jedi abilities of any sort, which will be a departure for the series.
â€œStar Wars Anthology: Rogue Oneâ€ is slated for a December 16, 2016 release.
Are you excited to see Darth Vader again, or does he belong locked away in the first six-movie canon?
Sources: Birth Movies Death