Rumor: Ron Howard Adds Darth Vader To ‘Han Solo’ Film

The Star Wars rumor mill is burning red hot with the thought of Darth Vader appearing in the ‘Han Solo’ film. Who could blame them, remember the last five minutes of ‘Rogue One,’ one of the most brilliant Darth Vader scenes ever.

Spencer Wilding played Vader in ‘Rogue One,’ and has stated he is not involved in the ‘Han Solo’ film. But…

That Hashtag Show is reporting a source close to the production has revealed to us that someone—presumably not Wilding, given his pretty definitive statement that he isn’t involved—was on the set of Howard’s Han Solo reshoots in Darth Vader’s armor as recently as two weeks ago.

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If Vader does appear in ‘Han Solo’ this would be a younger version than in ‘Rogue One,’ but Han doesn’t meet Vader till ‘Empire Strikes Back.’ How does Howard make this work as the Vader / Solo relationship gets got complicated pretty quick? Vader could appear and never cross paths with Solo.

Vader is a massive presence in Star Wars Universe, and it would be a shame if he didn’t get a few minutes of screen time to choke someone out.

The film will explore Han and Chewbacca’s adventures before the events of ‘Star Wars: A New Hope,’ including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian.

The ‘Han Solo’ film is directed by Ron Howard and stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woodly Harrelson, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joonas Suotamo.

Han Solo’s return is slated for a May 25, 2018, release.

Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.