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Is the Mysterious Villain in the ‘Rogue One’ Trailer Darth Vader?

Since the release of first trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One, keen eyes and ears have speculated that we will see the return of a popular villain, Darth Vader. The film takes place in between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, so this idea is not a stretch.

A new report comes from Making Star Wars, that they have confirmed from three separate sources that the Sith Lord will be in the film, and that the costume designers went through painstaking attempts to match the villains costume to the one that he wore in A New Hope:

“The costume is the A New Hope costume down to the fine details. 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… If it weren’t for the materials I saw looking so new, I would have believed it was a photo from A New Hope. I find it to be virtually indistinguishable from the original. They nailed it.”

Star Wars Rogue One, Disney/ Lucasfilm
Darth Vader leading a platoon of Stormtroopers. Image: Disney/ Lucasfilm

Many people have also guessed that you can see Darth Vader in the trailer, which is not true. Vader is not in the trailers, not entirely it seems. He may be in Rogue One, but not in the way that you would expect:

“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.

If accurate, it would explain some in-universe discrepancies around Darth Vader’s abilities in the 1977 film compared to the rest of the stories we’ve seen from Vader’s appearances in Star Wars Rebels to the work Bob Anderson did to make Vader a swordsmen.”

That is not all, they also say that production has also recreated Darth Vader’s meditation chamber. The mere fact that he is in the film, gets me highly excited. How crucial will Vader’s role be in the film? There is no telling at this point.

Rogue One hits theaters on December 15.

Brad Repka

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