It appears that Darth Vader will indeed be appearing in Disney and Lucasfilm's highly anticipated young Han Solo film set to hit theaters next Summer! This is according to a new report from the good folks over at Screenrant who say that Darth Vader has been spotted on the set of the now Ron Howard production.
According to the report from Screenrant:
That Hashtag Show is reporting that Darth Vader has been present on the set of Han Solo. There are no details on who is portraying the character yet, but it is believed that it is not Rogue One actor Spencer Wilding – who sparked the previous rumors of Vader appearing in the film, earlier this year. Seeing as this news is arriving on the tail-end of Howard’s reshoots/production on the film, it seems that this Darth Vader appearance may have been planned after Lord and Miller left the project.
Since there are not a lot of details to go on with this report, it really is up to speculation as to why Vader is appearing in Han Solo and if this is a last-second addition. With no previous hints of his appearance, it could show a desire from Lucasfilm to include their most iconic character to generate more buzz (and box office dollars) by having him appear for a standout sequence (just like Rogue One).
One of the potential problems here is how he would factor in. Han and Vader never met before Episode IV – A New Hope, so they cannot have a run in here without potentially contradicting the events of the original Star Wars trilogy. If he is only coming in for one scene to meet side characters, then Vader’s appearance might come off more as fan service than something that serves the story.
While this is a bit surprising. Its kind of a no brainer considering the fans' reaction to Vader appearing in Rogue One. Having Vader appear in Han Solo even in the smallest amount means money, and lots of it. In hindsight, besides Director Krennic, Vader actually has no interactions with any of the main protagonist during the events of Rogue One. So if this is done right, it can definitely work without feeling overly forced. No pun intended.
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Han Solo is set to hit theaters on May 25th, 2018.