UPDATE! Rumor: Darth Vader to Appear in Rogue One. Other Antagonists Detailed.
Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, the first in a planned trio of Star Wars Anthology films, will tell the story of how the Rebellion got their hands on those precious plans that R2-D2 ends up carrying throughout A New Hope. Considering the timing and topic of that plot, it has frequently been speculated that any number of characters from the original Star Wars trilogy might show up in the film. Now we have our first and second solid rumors about who might show up in the movie.
Devin Faraci of BirthMoviesDeath.com has a source who is telling him that a certain Dark Lord of the Sith will be off Tarkin’s leash and menacing the heroes of Rogue One come next December, although the extent of the role is yet to be determined.
I ran into a good source this past weekend and, over drinks, was told a nugget that should make people pretty intrigued: Darth Vader will be in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. He will not be the main antagonist but he will be working behind the scenes, pulling strings and will appear onscreen. Literally, I’m told – he’ll be showing up via viewscreen or holo projection or something. Will our heroes actually run into the Dark Lord of the Sith in person? My source wouldn’t say. My source was also mum about Grand Moff Tarkin, who was of course the commander of the fully operational Death Star.
So Vader is appearing, but not as the main antagonist. This could mean any number of things. He could appear in a role similar to that of the Emperor in The Empire Strikes Back, giving orders from afar in a brief cameo. Or his role could be more similar to Tarkin in A New Hope with a main antagonist doing the heavy lifting while Vader has some interaction with the leads but mostly orders around another villain. Either way, it will be very interesting to get another taste of Vader from a period where he was at the top of his Sith game and before he became obsessed with finding a certain farm boy who was strong with the Force.
Pomojema here. It looks like that’s not all there is to report on Rogue One‘s rogue’s gallery. Bloody-Disgusting heard another rumor that states that Ben Mendelsohn is playing the key baddie in the movie and that he will enlist the aid of some certain fan-favorite characters…
Ben Mendelsohn’s new Moff character is indeed the big baddie of Rogue One. The other main villains of the piece are bounty hunters hired by the Moff to quietly retrieve the stolen Death Star plans at all costs. Vader factors in once he realizes that the plans have been stolen, so he joins the hunt in a supporting role and is none too pleased.
These bounty hunters include Boba Fett, Bossk, Dengar, Zuckuss & 4LOM, IG-88, and Cad Bane, who is from The Clone Wars and is making his live action debut.
There might some new ones as well, but that’s the core group. So Fett will absolutely appear on screen again in a semi-main role before his solo film.
So if the rumors are true, it’s sounding a bit like Darth Vader’s role in the movie might be a little more active then Faraci’s report indicated. To me, it sounds like he’ll show up in the final act of the movie, along with a possible R2-D2 cameo. But enough about that – let’s talk Bounty Hunters! If you remember from way back when, there were reports that the movie was about Bounty Hunters stealing the Death Star plans. Now it appears as though the old report has been turned on its head – the Bounty Hunters are the ones who have been hired to re-obtain the schematics. Bloody-Disgusting notes that a Wookiee bounty hunter is being considered, but hasn’t been confirmed just yet. (Maybe they want to bring Black Krrsantan from the comics into the movie?)
Cad Bane, for those of you unfamiliar with The Clone Wars, was a ruthless Duros Bounty Hunter who held his own against several Jedi and regularly outsmarted the Republic in the first four seasons of the show. In a sense, he was the Boba Fett of that era when the real Boba Fett hadn’t quite gained the reputation of being “the best Bounty Hunter in the Galaxy”. A major unfinished story arc of the show featured him mentoring Boba Fett out of respect to his rival Jango, Boba’s “father”. As a fan of the show, the possibility of seeing Cad Bane make the jump into a live-action format excites me more than just seeing Boba Fett again.