A Ton Of New Details On Darth Vader's Role In 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

By Matt O.

Entertainment Weekly continues their Rogue One coverage, this time releasing the details of Darth Vader’s appearance in the movie.


-James Earl Jones will lend his legendary voice to the Sith Lord again. After recently voicing  Vader in Star Wars: Rebels, Jones will reprise the role in Rogue One. Several other actors will perform within the mask and armor (and none of them is Hayden Christensen).

How much Vader are we going to get? Kathleen Kennedy answers:

“He will be in the movie sparingly,” she says. “But at a key, strategic moment, he’s going to loom large.”

EW also reveals Darth Vader’s reputation in the galaxy saying:

"The rebels are hardly familiar with Vader and even within the Empire, he is more of a legendary figure."

“Within the Rebellion, it’s not commonly spoken about,” says director Gareth Edwards. “Within the Empire, there is the culture of knowing of the existence of Darth Vader. There’s definitely an underlying feeling that there is a power – a dark power – available to the Empire and that if you overstep your mark, you will suffer the consequences.”

 Kiri Hart, Lucasfilm’s chief of story development revealed this about Vader:

“Vader doesn’t really play by the rules,” says “He’s present in the military structure, but he’s not beholden to it. He’s not accountable to anybody, really, except Palpatine.” 


"Vader will share the screen with other villains, namely Ben Mendelsohn’s Orson Krennic who wants to secure his place at Emperor Palpatine’s side."

Producer John Knoll had this to say about the Empire:

“There is a lot of palace intrigue going on in the Empire, with people conspiring to move up the ranks and sabotaging each other,” “There’s not a lot of loyalty there.”

"The two are rivals with Vader breathing down Krennic’s neck. If he knows who he is dealing with, Krennic certainly has guts."

“When Tarkin says to Vader to ‘release him’ when he’s choking that guy, Vader does it, but not because he has to. He’s just willing to give Tarkin one in that moment,” she says, with a nervous laugh. “That’s part of what makes the reveal of the Emperor, even in a hologram in Episode V, so cool because you’re like, ‘Oh, wow. Here is the guy that Vader literally bends his knee to. What’s that all about?’”

That's what Ben Mendelsohn’s character Krennic is trying find out too: 

"How can he acquire that most-favored status? What is it between the Emperor and Vader that binds them?"

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to hit theaters on December 16th.