New Details on the One Cameo We All Want in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Friday, 06 May 2016 - 11:00AM
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Star Wars: Rogue One
Friday, 06 May 2016 - 11:00AM
New Details on the One Cameo We All Want in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
While we might not yet be at the fever pitch we were with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this year's trip to the galaxy far far away, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is still an exciting prospect for a number of reasons. Not only is it the first in a new wave of Star Wars spin-off movies, but it also represents our first big-screen visit to the original trilogy era in over three decades.

Set in the build up to the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, Rogue One gives us an opportunity to once again see the vehicles, armor, and technology that helped us all to fall in love with George Lucas's original movies. And, even though the first trailer for Gareth Edwards' movie showcased a bunch of new tech and new characters, there was much for our inner children to recognize and get excited about. 


Potential spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars story follow


Because of Rogue One's proximity to the original trilogy movies, fans have been excitedly speculating if any of the OT's heroes and villains will be making an appearance. We have, of course, already seen Mon Mothma make an appearance in the trailer, but there is one major cameo that all fans want. Darth Vader, the character at the heart of the entire Star Wars saga so far, has already been the subject of many rumored connections to the Rogue One movie. But our desire to see the Dark Lord return isn't just a case of geeking out, it also makes a lot of sense from a canon perspective. After all, Rogue One is expected to spend a great deal of time looking at the inner workings of the Empire, an organization that Vader was at the very highest echelons of during this time, so his appearance wouldn't exactly be a big leap in logic.

Many reports have said that a Vader appearance in the spin-off is a full-gone conclusion, and some have gone as far as to say that his role will be significant (and bad-ass). Despite the many reports, Vader's appearance in the movie is, unsurprisingly, without confirmation from any official channels. But, a new report continues to give us hope, providing an update on Vader's cameo down to the details of his suit.

According to Making Star Wars, James Earl Jones is essentially a lock to return and voice the Dark Lord, just as he did for Star Wars Rebels recently. But the voice won't be the only familiar element to Vader's appearance; his suit will be almost indistinguishable from the one he wore in the opening moments of Star Wars: A New Hope.

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"The costume is the A New Hope costume down to the fine details," reads the report. "The upper armor has the tunic going over the top of the shoulders, just as it did in Episode IV. The belt buckle is the same. The inside of the cape is that shiny type of material. The gloves are identical and not like the ones in the following films. The lights on the belt are the same. The chest piece's lights match perfectly. The mask is not like the symmetrical Revenge of the Sith mask; it appears to look just like the original did. The neck of the mask and the widow's peak are all there. The lenses have that amber look to them."
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The report goes on to potentially clear up one of the biggest mysteries surrounding Rogue One, namely what the hell is going on with that fluorescent tube from the trailer.


Many had theorized that the featured a Bacta Tank (a kind of intensive healing booth) in which The Force Awakens' Supreme Leader Snoke was recovering from the injuries that led to his disfigured face. However, that rumor– the Snoke part at least– has since been debunked by LucasFilm's Pablo Hidalgo. So what exactly is going on here? Well, this report claims their sources have an answer....

Possible spoilers ahead! (Click to reveal)



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One source is certain that the blue tank we see in the teaser has Darth Vader inside it. This person has a lot of material associated with the production. They believe a sequence was filmed in which Darth Vader gets his limbs interchanged and repaired in the movie.
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As making Star Wars points out, this limb replacement could go some way to answering that nagging question of Vader's slow, lumbering fighting style we've seen in the movies. In other pre-A New Hope properties, such as Star Wars Rebels, Vader is certainly a powerful being, but he's also considerable more swift and agile in battle. Could it be that his new limbs force him to adapt his lightsaber fighting style?


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released on December 16th
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