Legendary Sculptor Brian Muir Has Begun Work on Rogue One!

Brian MuirBrian Muir is  one of the most respected sculptors and artists in the film industry. He has been working in film for over 46 years and has 39 movie credits. He has been working on Alien, Willow, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter, Guardians of the Galaxy and many many more. Today Muir shared on Facebook the project he is currently working on …



Back in July 2014, the man who originally sculpted Darth Vader’s helmet had officially announced on Facebook that he started working on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now in similar fashion Muir announced his involvement with Rogue One.


From Facebook (via Jedi News):

One of Muir’s most memorable work was the sculpting of the Darth Vader helmet and armor using Ralph McQuarrie’s design in 1976 for Star Wars: A New Hope. He also sculpted the Storm Trooper armor, Death Star Droid, CZ 3 and finishing work on C3PO.


We’ve already seen some of his work on The Force Awakens:

Darth Vader Melted Helmet

Now the question is, if he is working on Vader again, or another character. There have already been multiple rumors about Vader’s appearance in Rogue One, and considering the time when the movie takes place, a brief cameo by Vader seems quite possible.


What do you think? Is Muir working on Darth Vader or a new character? Tell us in the comments below.


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48 thoughts on “Legendary Sculptor Brian Muir Has Begun Work on Rogue One!

  • November 2, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Whatever it is he’s working on, I’m sure we won’t be disappointed!

  • November 2, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    As the movie has been on production for quite a long time now, I imagine this being in an imperial (like the death star which was shot for Ep IV by the end of production)

  • November 2, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Well it’s about time. I didn’t know what I was going to do with myself if he didn’t start !

  • November 2, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    CZ-3 still gives me the creeps.

  • November 2, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    This Vader news might make another rumor more tangible. Yes, return of Hyden.

    • November 2, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      What limited thinking. People were actually considering David Prowse reprising his role as Vader decades later simply because he was the original one to don the costume?

      Is it not possible to find someone else who fills out the suit like Prowse? Why bring back Hayden to do that when he has a smaller frame and many people didn’t like his performance?

      • November 3, 2015 at 12:33 am

        Who knows!? But most people hated his performance mostly in Episode 2, in 3 he did decently…who knows what plans they have, and how the story will pan out!

        • November 3, 2015 at 3:43 am

          I blame the script, he did much better in other roles, Portman was awful too but she is a good actress. One big thing is they never use contractions in the movie, “I can not do this”, “You will try” etc. Makes it sound more wooden…

    • November 3, 2015 at 3:21 am

      They only gave him the role since he literally begged for it and probably felt bad after all the hits he took from fans and critics. They’ll go with a dude who has a real man’s build like Prowse in his prime.

      • November 3, 2015 at 2:06 pm

        It really doesn’t matter, they didn’t just slap the suit on Hayden, he wore a padded bodysuit underneath it. His first steps were ackward, but that made sense on those new mechanical legs. Even Bob Anderson did not have Prowse’s build and height and he did fine in ESB and ROTJ. Actually I read an interview where Bob said he is 6’1″ (which is about the same as Hayden),

        • November 3, 2015 at 2:34 pm

          You can tell with Christensen though as he looks kinda deflated when walking and lacks the commanding physical prescence that Prowse had. It wasn’t an issue with Anderson because his duels were usually against dark backgrounds or in the dark plus the human eye tends to gravitate towards the light of the saber instead. It’s a different story if they go with a tall skinny padded dude to bark orders or choke officers in this one. It will look more like any other fan film at that point,

          6’5 and I know because that’s my height and he was eye level with me when we first met and shook hands. He did not have any lifts on either.

          • November 4, 2015 at 1:07 am

            I’m 6’5″ as well.

          • November 4, 2015 at 7:28 am

            Have you met him? I think he has some health problems now and people generally shrink with age so he might appear smaller in person today but I met him around the turn of the century during the PT era when he was in slightly better shape.

  • November 2, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    A man of his talents would be brought in for something new. You simply can’t retcon Vadar. Inquisitor maybe???? Knights of Ren????

    • November 2, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      I don’t think we’d be looking at any serious retconning here. It would make perfect sense for Vader to appear as an antagonist in Rogue One. It’s set just before ANH and he has already appeared in Rebels set just a few years prior voiced by James Earl Jones.

      I don’t want to diminish Prowse’s work as his body language in the OT was phenomenal. But I think as long as you get Jones on board, you can put someone else in the suit. I think it’s a sure bet he’ll make an appearance. I don’t think he’ll be the main villain though, maybe a cameo towards the end or something.

    • November 3, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      Rocks, perhaps?

  • November 2, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Is he responsible for Kylo’s helmet as well? I can’t wait to see what fresh ideas he has for the sequel trilogy. Pretty excited to see what the Knights of Ren look like also!

    • November 3, 2015 at 11:57 am

      Seeing as he wont deny any of the rumours himself, I’ll tell you he never worked on any characters for TFA.

    • November 3, 2015 at 10:55 pm


  • November 2, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    the brian rumors are true…meaning that the yoda rumors are probably true as well given the fact that this rumor mentioned abrams was getting the yoda puppets from 5 and 6 CGI rendered

    • November 3, 2015 at 12:31 am

      Well, hopefully they’ll look better CGI rendered. To me, the best looking Yoda was in Episode 3.

      • November 3, 2015 at 5:26 am


  • November 2, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    When will be this one released? I forgot

    • November 2, 2015 at 11:37 pm


      • November 3, 2015 at 12:16 am

        I meant the precise date

        • November 3, 2015 at 12:46 am

          December 16 in the US

          • November 4, 2015 at 12:22 am

            thanks… man I hoped in an earlier date..

  • November 3, 2015 at 1:39 am

    I hope Vader is in Rogue One… or any of the movies, or all of the movies. That aside, the guy does a great job so I’m glad to see him back.

  • November 3, 2015 at 2:21 am

    vader is in rouge one 90% positive. It would be a huge waste not to throw him in for a cameo. Just look at the bump rebels got for having him appear briefly. I think it would be a great ending shot if vader is unleashed to chase the death star plans after they are stolen and the movie ends with the reverse-shot of the intro chase from episode 4

    • November 3, 2015 at 3:18 am

      Who will be in the suit though? Certainly not Prowse or Christensen this time around.

      • November 3, 2015 at 3:08 pm

        Agreed. Definitely neither of those. Honestly they would probably cast an unknown. The awesome thing about Darth Vader is that as long as J.E.J. is voicing him it doesn’t much matter whose in the suit. I never noticed when they swapped prowse for Anderson during the fight scenes, so it was just a cameo they could have anyone who fills the suit step in.

        • November 3, 2015 at 3:13 pm

          Matters less with the duels because the eye is drawn to the saber and you only saw him fight in darker settings but I could tell with Christensen vs Prowse since all he did was walk and stand around. I’d just prefer someone naturally built like Prowse if he’s not going to be active. That dude who filled in for Arnold’s body in Turdminator: Genisys could do a good job.

  • November 3, 2015 at 3:17 am

    I thought they already started shooting this? If so seems like he would have been done well before that. Oh well, Nice to see him back. I think it’s almost a given that Vader is in the film too as well as the Han Solo spin-off considering he’s the most marketed character in the saga of all hence his cameo in TFA.

    • November 3, 2015 at 4:06 am

      They’ve filmed a few location scenes – I would think that sculpted objects would be more of an indoor set sort of thing, and as far as we know, the studio / character shooting hasn’t really taken off yet.
      The timing is close, almost like they need his skills for a specific character – not Vader, they got casts and molds galore – the same way how they can make new Stormtrooper armor that’s the same as the orig sculpture [albeit somewhat melted]. So calling him back at the last minute to make a Darth Vader suit would be kind of a waste of everyone’s time.
      No, there’s something NEW they want his input on… a live-action Inquisitor perhaps?

      • November 3, 2015 at 6:30 am

        The fact that they will have less than a year of post-production time leads me to believe this will be more of an Indie Star Wars like the OT than a blockbuster like the ST which at the very least will make them interesting to watch.

        • November 3, 2015 at 3:04 pm

          Different point entirely, though I’m all for “less is more” mentality.

          • November 3, 2015 at 3:09 pm

            Not like they can have all-new vehicles either because then everyone will wonder where they were in the OT so more likely modified protoype X/Y-Wings and TIE’s. Someone said you could see charred stormtroopers on the beach too so things seem to be looking that way.

  • November 3, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Wow. You’ve credited the burnt Vader to Brian? Think again. I’m pretty sure he’s sculpting rocks again, just like on TFA.

  • November 3, 2015 at 5:10 pm


    • November 3, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      I can guarantee you that Sheamus is not involved with the new movies. It was a publicity stunt by himself.

      • November 3, 2015 at 8:44 pm

        how can u guarantee this …… im really interested in knowing….. u working on rogue one ???

  • November 3, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I absolutely love the idea of Vader appearing in R1. He can just be full on menacing/force choking boss.

    My imagination is probably getting carried away and I need to tone it down for the actual film lol.

  • November 3, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    He’s doing exactly what he did on The Force Awakens… 2 weeks work sculpting rocks out of polystyrene. And BTW, Neal Scanlan’s creature shop did the melted Vader helmet, not Brian.

    • November 3, 2015 at 11:04 pm

      I am really looking forward to seeing what Neal Scanlan comes up with 🙂

  • November 4, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Possibly both…Vader and something new?

  • November 6, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    May the Force be with You.

  • November 30, 2015 at 3:52 am

    Trump 2016….. I am your FATHER.

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