Villainous Darth Vader Reportedly Force Chokes His Way Into Upcoming ‘Rogue One’ Star Wars Spinoff
Such a plot presents an opportunity to feature Darth Vader as the main villain once again. A news and blog site dedicated to all things Star Wars claims to have it on "good authority" that Darth Vader's original costume "has been meticulously recreated" for the spin off. Lending credibility to the claim is the fact that Brian Muir, the British sculptor who created Darth Vader's original helmet and suit, posted an updated on his Facebook page last November indicating he's started work on Rogue One at Pinewood Studios.
A new actor is said to be playing Darth Vader this time around, though if accepting all rumors as fact at this point, James Earl Jones will once again provide Vader's voice. It's not known if he's already recorded his lines or if that will occur in post production, but either way, the blog is pretty confident Darth Vader is returning in look and sound.
Given the reception and overwhelmingly positive reviews of Star Wars: A Force Awakens, there's reason to be optimistic that Rogue One will be another winner, albeit on a smaller scale compared to the main installments. Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) wrote the first draft of Rogue One before it was handed off to Chris Weitz (About a Boy, Cinderella 2015). Rumor has it that a third writer, Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation), provided some last minute polish to prep the script for filming.