The breaking news yesterday was confirmation of Darth Vader’s return for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Today we have word that James Earl Jones will be returning as the ominous voice of the Dark Lord of the Sith. He recently returned for Vader’s appearances in Star Wars Rebels, so his role in Rogue One is fitting — and welcome!
Entertainment Weekly also has a few more details on Vader’s return in an article posted today. Following are a few highlights:
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• At 85, James Earl Jones will also reprise his role as Vader’s foreboding voice, while a variety of large-framed performers will embody the character behind the mask.
• (Kathleen) Kennedy says Rogue One has to make careful use of Vader. “He will be in the movie sparingly,” she says. “But at a key, strategic moment, he’s going to loom large.”
• As Rogue One unfolds, Vader is still a background player in galactic politics.
• Vader is the muscle. The fixer. And also… the breaker, when he needs to be.
• The main antagonist of the story is Ben Mendelsohn’s Director Orson Krennic, an ambitious Imperial officer with Machiavellian tendencies who is eager to secure a place at the Emperor’s side. “There is a lot of palace intrigue going on in the Empire, with people conspiring to move up the ranks and sabotaging each other,” producer John Knoll says. “There’s not a lot of loyalty there.”
• Krennic and Vader aren’t friends. They’re barely allies, and Krennic is understandably threatened by the Sith Lord. “Vader doesn’t really play by the rules,” says Kiri Hart, Lucasfilm’s chief of story development. “He’s present in the military structure, but he’s not beholden to it. He’s not accountable to anybody, really, except Palpatine.”