Darth Vader’s Role In ‘Rogue One’ Expands

New details about the next Star Wars film, Rogue One, have surfaced.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards, and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen (IP Man), Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen of Hannibal fame, Alan Tudyk (as a motion capture character), and Riz Ahmed.

The film is a prequel to the original 1977 Star Wars, dealing with rebel efforts to convey Death Star blueprints to Leia Organa. The screenplay is by Chris Weitz, and the film is due in theaters on December 16, 2016.


Possible spoilers after the jump.

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Joblo released some details about the film today with the biggest news concerning Darth Vader. The face of the Star Wars franchise is expected to have a larger role than originally thought. This movie is thought of as a relaunching point for Vader as Disney has plans for the Sith Lord beyond Rogue One. We also had the report last week that James Earl Jones would reprise his role as the voice of Vader.

Also, Death Troopers are coming! Storm Troopers in all-black costumes will be in the film, and they have been referred to as Death Troopers. There will be a new Tie Fighter design and AT-ATs to be introduced as well.

We are just under 11-months until the next Star Wars installment and the first outside the Skywalker mythos.

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Possible ‘Death Trooper’ helmet on the left. – source JoeBlo.com
Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
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