Does ‘Rogue One’ Feature The Darkest Darth Vader In Star Wars’ History?

One of the advantages of the Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One, is that the film places itself at the center of the events that sparked the beginning of the original classic, A New Hope (1977). Focusing on the same era also opens up the mouth watering possibility that the movie will feature characters we’ve come to know and love (or hate).

The end of Gareth Edwards feature will reportedly stretch to touching distance of Episode IV, with the story arc focusing on the Rebel Alliance, who steal plans of the Death Star. As we know, there is one man who will be pretty pissed off with this cunning theft: Darth Vader.

Stolen Death Star Plans

Darth Vader and The Emperor overlook the death star
Darth Vader and The Emperor overlook the death star

At the beginning of A New Hope, Princess Leia is taken hostage by Vader, in an attempt to recover the plans will be trying to steal in Rogue One. Vader’s involvement has — combined with welcome reports James Earl Jones will return — but how much of an impact will one of cinema’s best ever villains have on the events we see in the film?

Well as we know, uncovering information from a Star Wars movie is much harder than destroying the Death Star itself, so information is a little sketchy, and also contradictory at times. We do know Vader will have a which could render him the main antagonist.

Darth Vader Too Dark?

Darth Vader in A New Hope (1977)

Darth Vader in A New Hope (1977)

The tone of Rogue One has been likened to a war movie, so if Vader is the main bad guy, he’s inevitably going to be involved in a number of key battle scenes. Interestingly, following on from planned reshoots, a user claiming to have inside knowledge on the movie, suggested that a particular Vader scene had to be “watered down” as it was too violent. :

In a night scene Vader absolutely lays waste to a Rebel ground Squad. Unfortunately this is one of the scenes we have to water down. We made it like something from the old slasher/horror films. Rebel soldiers who joked about a boogie man with magical powers and then minutes later are absolutely wasted.

It’s important to note, KeepR1Dark hasn’t been fully validated by Reddit moderators. This could of course be because the story is made up (what, on the internet, really?), or perhaps if the Disney worker is overly concerned they may reveal their identity.

Crisis… What Crisis?

The rebellious team in 'Rogue One'

The rebellious team in ‘Rogue One’

However, this does tie in with recent reports of a “crisis.” THR journalist Borys Kit revealed the reason for . He Tweeted that “the first cut was pretty serious. The new stuff to inject fun, ‘classic’ #StarWars feel.” So, by putting two and two together, we can assume Vader uses the fource (see what I did there?) to full effect.

Anyway, before we worry about the dangers the first anthology may face, it’s important to remember the undergo patching up work once principal photography has wrapped. Even The Force Awakens, which smashed the box office with over $2 billion, underwent a few weeks of reshoots. That didn’t turn out too bad, did it?

Plus, Variety reporter Justin Kroll suggested that the additional filming was centering around the cameo of a “very important character,” which sounds much more appealing than an apparent crisis.

Could we see Han Solo? Princess Leia? Or what about C3PO or R2D2? The possibilities are endless.

Rogue One is released on December 16, 2016.