Darth Vader confirmed for Star Wars Rogue One

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 June 2016
Darth Vader

Darth Vader

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed Darth Vader will appear 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' and be voiced by James Earl Jones, 85

Darth Vader will appear 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story', it has been confirmed.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has revealed the Sith lord will make an appearance in the upcoming sci-fi movie, but will be used "sparingly", and James Earl Jones, 85, is to reprise his role as the voice of the character.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, she said: "I think we can talk about Vader...

"He will be in the movie sparingly. But at a key, strategic moment, he's going to loom large."

The movie takes place around 19 years after 'Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith' when Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) was badly burned in a battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) leading to him needing the life-saving armour forever.

Jones voiced Vader in the 1977 'Star Wars' movie and its sequels 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi'.

He is also rumoured to have voiced the character in 'Revenge of the Sith', but was uncredited.

However, he did lend his vocal talents to Vader more recently in animated TV series 'Star Wars Rebels' in 2014.

'Rogue One', which is schedule for a December 16 release, will feature Felicity Jones in the lead role as Rebellion fighter Jyn Erso.

Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen and Alan Tudyk will also star in the movie.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 2h 13min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Gareth Edwards
  • Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jonathan Aris
  • UK release: 16 December 2016

Troublemaker Jyn Erso (Jones) and Rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor (Luna) lead a rag crew across the galaxy to make contact with Death Star chief engineer Galen (Mikkelsen), Jyn's dad. This is Star Wars from the trenches, with sensational battle scenes and great performances from Jones and Luna.

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