James Earl Jones Confirmed to Voice Darth Vader in Rogue One

Thursday, 23 June 2016 - 11:38AM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Rogue One
Thursday, 23 June 2016 - 11:38AM
James Earl Jones Confirmed to Voice Darth Vader in Rogue One
After a year of persistent rumors, Darth Vader's appearance in Rogue One was finally confirmed yesterday, to all Star Wars fans' delight. But now, we have even more reason to be excited about this cameo (supporting role?), as the original actor, James Earl Jones, is returning to give Vader that iconic voice.

In an interview with EW, Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that the 85-year-old actor would return to the classic role in Rogue One. David Prowse was often the man inside the costume way back when, but now the physical embodiment of Vader will be played by "a variety of large-framed performers."

Kennedy also warned fans that Vader won't be the main villain of the movie, but his appearance seems to be more than a cameo. According to the new character descriptions, Vader clashes with Ben Mendelsohn's Director Krennic, who is trying to get in the Emperor's good graces.

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"He will be in the movie sparingly," said Kennedy. "But at a key, strategic moment, he's going to loom large."
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We also have a few new details on his role in the film, and in the universe during this timeline. The movie takes place approximately 19 years after the Revenge of the Sith, when Anakin Skywalker was burned in battle with Obi-Wan and became Darth Vader. At this time, he's more of a looming threat, the man behind the curtain, and the Rebels treat his as legend.

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"Within the Rebellion, it's not commonly spoken about," said director Gareth Edwards. "Within the Empire, there is the culture of knowing of the existence of Darth Vader. There's definitely an underlying feeling that there is a power – a dark power – available to the Empire and that if you overstep your mark, you will suffer the consequences."
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His clashes with Krennic are also the result of this legendary status, since Vader doesn't have a specific place in the Empire's hierarchy:

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"Vader doesn't really play by the rules," said 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."
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Rogue One: A Star Wars story hits theaters on December 16.
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