Here’s Even More News About Darth Vader’s Rogue One Return

As we explained yesterday, Entertainment Weekly is about to unleash a new issue, full of revealing details about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Since yesterday’s confirmation that Darth Vader will be back, EW has released a slew of new details about the character’s return. For one, we now know that 85-year-old James Earl Jones will be back to provide the character’s voice, though David Prowse is not returning to provide Vader’s body. (He has been replaced by “a variety of large-framed performers.”) Asked how major Vader’s contribution to Rogue One will be, producer Kathleen Kennedy offered a mysterious reply. “He will be in the movie sparingly,” she explained. “But at a key, strategic moment, he’s going to loom large.”


As the events in Rogue One get underway, Darth Vader is a known figure, but he has yet to fully rise to power. “Within the Rebellion, it’s not commonly spoken about,” says 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.”


This special issue of EW also elaborates on Forest Whitaker’s role in the film. The Oscar winner is playing Saw Gerrera, a character introduced in the fifth season of The Clone Wars. Along with his sister Steela, Saw was “unofficially trained” by a pre-Vader Anakin, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano. According to EW, he’s “so extreme that the other good guys aren’t sure if he really is one.” Kennedy elaborates: “Consider him kind of a battered veteran, who leads a band of Rebel extremists,” she said. “He’s on the fringe of the Rebel Alliance. Even [they] are a little concerned about him.”

For more details on Vader, Saw Gerrera, and much more, check out Entertainment Weekly’s special Star Wars issue when it arrives in stores tomorrow. In the meantime, you can revisit the Rogue One teaser below.