James Earl Jones Will Be Returning to the Dark Side & Voicing Vader in ‘Rogue One’!

Being the heavy breathing guys! We discovered plenty of juicy details about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story yesterday, which were some intriguing character descriptions, . And the Force is certainly flowing strongly, because thanks to we now we know that an iconic part of Vader’s mystique is making a comeback!

The Dark lord of the Sith has appeared in all sorts of TV shows, comics and movies, and is constantly quoted, referenced and imitated, even in official Star Wars material. The imposing stature, the deep, slow breathing (courtesy of Anakin Skywalker’s brutal defeat on Mustafar) with THAT sonorous voice are integral parts of what make him such a good villain.

‘If only you knew the power of the Dark Side!’

So it’s great to report that the legendary actor behind his foreboding resonant voice, James Earl Jones, is back to threaten rebel scum again!

James Earl Jones.

James Earl Jones.

This will be Jones’s most recent foray into the galaxy far, far away, after voicing Vader in the original trilogy and once again in the animated series Star Wars: Rebels…not forgetting his brief reprisal in Revenge of the Sith back in 2005. So you may be asking: if he’s in Rogue One…why haven’t we seen him yet?

It seems that, like Luke Skywalker’s sparse use in the promotional material for The Force Awakens, Vader is being kept for a later date, and will appear in small doses, as Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy disclosed:

Mysterious, is it not? Even though Rogue One details are still being kept close to various chests, story developer Kiri Hart and director Gareth Edwards still let slip some exciting details about ol’ Darth!

‘Leave them to me. I will deal with them myself.’

It turns out that he he’s as much a legendary figure in the story of Rogue One as his son is in The Force Awakens… The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, eh?

“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 dark power …available to the Empire… ”

Overall, this is promising stuff. We’re getting to know some brand new characters in Rogue One, so too much Vader could overshadow them. Great things come in little packages, don’t they? Plus, we already know Vader’s backstory as the powerful Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker thanks to the prequels, but hey, just because he’s a Sith Lord now doesn’t mean that his problems are over!

From what we hear, he’s certainly not friends with Ben Mendelsohn’s ambitious Director Orson Krennic. Indeed, both of them are set to be vying for Emperor Palpatine’s approval…so we can expect some political wrangling from both of them to knock the other aside!

Though I hope Krennic doesn’t get too cocky! If the body count of The Empire Strikes Back says anything, its that we can’t bet on Vader’s patience lasting long term. Hart agrees, saying:

“[Vader’s] present in the military structure, but he’s not beholden to it. He’s not accountable to anybody, really, except Palpatine…if you overstep your mark, you will suffer the consequences.”

Now THAT’S the Vader we know and love!

‘…You do not yet realize your importance.’

Overall, I’m really glad that Jones is returning. He’s a great talent and remains an essential part of what makes Vader so fearsome and awesome! It would be almost wrong for him not to voice Vader in Rogue One. Things wouldn’t be the same!

Disney better find out a way to replicate his voice for future installments! Jones is pushing ninety after all, and good on him too for providing us with one of cinema’s best villains and fathers…the latter is a reference to Mufasa…obviously!!

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