Darth Vader In Star Wars Rogue One will Be Played By James Earl Jones!
Recently, we found out for certain that Darth Vader is coming back for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Now we appreciate he has his voice back.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy established that the 85-year-old James Earl Jones will be reprising his role as the most ominous voice in the galaxy.
Meanwhile, the now 80 year-old David Prowse won’t be returning as the man in the suit – rather he’s replaced, to use EW’s words, by “a variety of large-framed performers“.
So we here at TJF are just a bit curious as to how much of Vader we will actually see in Rogue One .
“He will be in the movie sparingly,” explains Kennedy. “But at a key, strategic moment, he’s going to loom large.”
Rogue One takes place between Episodes III and IV, Vader’s status is possibly less fearsome than in A New Hope . From what we have gathered from a few different sources is that he will continue to be the Emperor’s enforcer, but is something of a badass (duh) in the Empire, but is practically unknown to the Alliance.
As for the conflict between Krennic and Vader revealed in yesterday’s news, that seems to come down to the characters’ different statuses within the Empire. The “Machiavellian” Krennic wants to move up the ranks to become favoured by the Emperor, while “Vader doesn’t really play by the rules,” according to Lucasfilm chief of story development, Kiri Hart. “He’s present in the military structure, but he’s not beholden to it. He’s not accountable to anybody, really, except Palpatine.”
We found out about a lot more than Darth yesterday – EW’s coverage included new images and information about most of the main characters, and revealed that Forest Whitaker’s character comes from the Clone Wars series.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 15 in Australia, and December 16 in the US and UK.