Darth Vader to Appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The man in black is back.
Although he doesn’t appear in the trailer, Darth Vader in fact will be seen — and his menacing presence certainly felt — in the upcoming “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which takes place just before the original 1977 “Star Wars,” Entertainment Weekly reports in this week’s issue.
“Darth Vader kind of looms large over the plot even when he’s not necessarily on screen,” EW’s Anthony Breznican told “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.
That’s because the main villain in “Rogue One” is a character named Director Orson Krennic, played by Ben Mendelsohn, who’s bent on crushing the Rebels to score points with the Emperor. “He’s got kinda Vader looming in the background over his shoulder,” says Breznican, “making sure that he gets the job done.”
The apparent hero of “Rogue One” is a new character, Jyn Erso, played by Flicity Jones and seen in the trailer as a young hard-edged outlaw determined to put the rebel in the Rebellion.
“She has been detained [by the Rebellion] and is being given an opportunity to be useful,” Lucasfilm president and “Rogue One” producer Kathleen Kennedy tells EW. “And by being useful, it may commute her sentence. … She’s a real survivor. She becomes a kind of Joan of Arc in the story.”
One of the more intriguing additions to the Star Wars movie universe is the character Chirrut Imwe, played by martial arts star Donnie Yen, a blind fighter who’s not really a Jedi but is devoted to the Jedi ways. “Chirrut falls into the category of being a warrior monk,” says Kennedy. “He very much still believes in everything the Jedi were about.”
Opening on Dec. 16, “Rogue One” follows a team of rebel spies trying to steal the blueprints for the Empire’s Death Star, which ultimately gets blown up in “Star Wars” by Vader’s son (though he doesn’t know it yet) Luke Skywalker.