Gareth Edwards Talks About the Darth Vader Shot in the Rogue One Celebration Teaser + New Interviews With the Cast!

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The cast of the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, plus Director Gareth Edwards and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy sat down with ABC News at the recent “Star Wars Celebration” fan event in London and shared what it was like to work with Darth Vader on set of the next Star Wars film.


“Darth Vader is probably going to be the one of the key characters that we brought into this story because it leads up to ‘A New Hope’, and Vader was such a significant character” Kathleen Kennedy said.


Director Gareth Edwards went on to talk about seeing Vader on the set for the first time.

“We were in the middle of things and trying lots of things and suddenly, I remember in my schedule later today that there’s a Darth Vader test today and I had forgotten all about it” He said. “I just waled out into the set and turned the corner and he just stood their, this silohette and they even had the sound effect playing just cause everyone couldn’t help themselves” Edwards said.


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Kathleen Kennedy also shared some information regarding the fate of the main characters. She was asked if all of them make it out alive?

“Maybe not”, Kennedy said.“The characters in what is truly an action adventure story are going to run into some fairly complex obstacles. So they will confront things that may result in a little bit of sadness, but a lot of hope,” She added. “There’s always hope.”“She’s incredibly determined,” Jones says of her character. “She’s an absolute survivor and she is thrown into a situation that she isn’t expecting in any way and it’s a situation that demands great courage from her. At the same time, she has moments of great vulnerability and is not perfect.”


During Celebration Europe fans who attended the Rogue One event were treated with the first look of Darth Vader from the movie. It was a shot with Vader’s reflection on the floor. A very brief glimpse, but enough to make the fans even more excited.


Gareth Edwards said:

“I was just reduced to being a kid and I looked at the rest of the crew and everyone was just looking like they were four years old. Going up to direct him was like, ‘Hi there, hi, my name’s Gareth,’” Edwards says. “You suddenly realize, when you do a shot you look on the monitor and you get goosebumps again.”


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Even some of the Rogue One cast tried to offer a few small hints about the movie:

“I can tell you this: You will see me with people you know already,” says Mendelsohn, who plays an imperial bad guy named Director Orson Krennic. “I’ve never told anyone what I just told you so there’s that.”

Ahmed adds, “I would say that the name Bodhi itself has some significance. You like that?”

“Whoa,” Tudyk responds. “That’s great. I want to know more now. K-2SO is into macramé. You’re not going to find that anywhere but here. It’s an exclusive.”

“I want to tell you everything, except I really don’t,” Mendelsohn jokes.



Check out the video from ABCNews here:



In another interview with, director Gareth Edwards talked even more about the brief shot of Vader from the Celebration teaser! learned from Edwards how he was able to find the amazing shot to the reveal that everyone was waiting for. The lighting came up slightly, showing what appeared to be a console of some sort, glowing red – and in the reflection of the console, the silhouette of Darth Vader appeared, and the crowd erupted in cheers and applause.

“That was born out of all the experimenting we were talking about. You don’t go, ‘I want this, this is the shot I want.’ They built the whole set, they had a reflection, Vader went in there and we’re looking at the reflection going, ‘That’s fucking cool!’” Edwards said with a laugh. “So as we’re filming, we’re like, go down, go down, and just playing around, and things happen that you wouldn’t have asked for. That was a great example of it. I would’ve never picked that shot, but then it’s in front of you and you get excited about something, and he’s such an iconic – he’s the most iconic character in all of cinema, potentially. To hear everyone cheer when they saw his silhouette, you feel like, ‘that is worth everything.” he added “it was a process to figure out how to pepper that in, in a way that feels right.”

“Hopefully, the goal, is that you come to the film for all the reasons we love Star Wars, and you get sucked in, and care about the new people, and then as you’re in the midst of all that, familiar things start to pass by,” Edwards said.



Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits the big screen on December 16, 2016.



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32 thoughts on “Gareth Edwards Talks About the Darth Vader Shot in the Rogue One Celebration Teaser + New Interviews With the Cast!

  • July 20, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    This would be amazing

  • July 20, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    I need it.

    I need this movie so bad.

    • July 20, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Get a grip.

  • July 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    When the heck we gone get this trailer?

  • July 20, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Teh trailerzzz, precious…we wants it. We wants the precious…we needs it.

  • July 20, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Sounds like an awesome shot. Can’t wait!

  • July 20, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I’ll get tarred and feathered by some, but I can take it.

    This is why large scale blue/green screen may not be the best choice:

    “They built the whole set, they had a reflection, Vader went in there and we’re looking at the reflection going, ‘That’s fucking cool!’” Edwards said with a laugh. “So as we’re filming, we’re like, go down, go down, and just playing around, and things happen that you wouldn’t have asked for. That was a great example of it. I would’ve never picked that shot, but then it’s in front of you and you get excited about something”

    Another crew member said something similar during the BTS reel.

    • July 20, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      100% agree. CGI is good for what CGI is good at. Same with every technique. It’s a tool.

      The prequels were pioneering in their use of and development of CGI but they also taught us something about what it’s not good at.

    • July 21, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Diffrent directors, diffrent ways of how to get the shots done. Some are really good at sticking toa storyboard, others aren’t. It’s realyl depends on the director. Tim Burton had a scene in Sweeney Todd where Alan rickman was talking to his reflection in a window which realyl was a conversation with a green wall. But i agree that practical sets allow to be more spontaneous.

  • July 20, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Too bad %99.99999 of fans didn’t see the trailer….

    • July 20, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      And? Everyone will blow their load the second a new trailer comes out. Don’t be a prisoner of the moment

    • July 21, 2016 at 12:48 am

      It wasn’t for them. It didn’t show much new stuff. it was a bonus for those who came to Celebration.

      • July 21, 2016 at 2:03 am

        Wasn’t for them? You mean, us? I was in the theater for A New Hope when I was 7. I’m entitled to see a sneak peek of Vader! Sorry

        • July 21, 2016 at 4:00 am

          So was I. We’re not entitled to anything. Let them make the damn movie.

          Was Celebration a let down? Yeah. Because they mismanaged expectations. But we’re not owed anything. If LFL had simply said “er guys… that trailer rumor from the leaked TV listing is not true” Celebration would have looked pretty good.

          It’s a trailer! In a few weeks at most we’ll see either that trailer or a new one. In a few months we’ll see the movie. A year from now we’ll own it. What’s the rush? Where’s the fire?

        • July 21, 2016 at 4:10 am

          “entitled” haha. Exactly right.

          It was clearly for the attendees of Celebration. Regardless of where you were when you were 7, if you want to see the Celebration exclusive stuff, go to Celebration. Like I am next year!

        • July 21, 2016 at 10:42 am

          Did you pay for a ticket and did you travel to the Celebration? If not than you shouldn’t be mad at them for not releasing exclusive material. It’s like complaining about not getting a signed Metallica tourshirt because you bought Master of Puppets in ’84 so now you are entitled to get free stuff.

  • July 20, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Disney should be ashamed hiding this from most fans and then teasing us with the interviews. It’s almost as bad as the crap choice to remake New Hope. Now we have yet another movie revolving around a death star super weapon, and the best part is Vader and we don’t get to see him because I couldn’t travel to Europe with all its terrorist plots and lone mad men. Disney is a jerk for this.

    • July 20, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      So essentially you’re ragging on a Star Wars movie via a Star Wars fan site while bad mouthing the UK with absurd remarks about Britain having a trove of terrorists/mad men. May I suggest you pull your head out of your anus, visit and scrawl your crap all over that. P.s; Rogue One is going to be an amazing and iconic Star Wars movie…..May the Force be with you my narrow minded friend!

    • July 21, 2016 at 12:48 am

      LFL, not Disney. Stop being a baby.

  • July 20, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    “and Vader was such a significant character” wow, Kathy, you are as insightful as you are creative,… :/

    • July 20, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      ? Wow you have a lot of pent up hate for zero reason towards someone. Congrats

      • July 21, 2016 at 7:34 pm

        Thanks for saving me this weeks therapy, Dr. Freud

    • July 20, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      Funny, because she has worked on some of the biggest films in history. Almost everything Spielberg related as well as others.

      • July 21, 2016 at 5:26 am

        Come now, this guy posts on a Star Wars Fan News Site forum! I mean, that’s comparable to what Kennedy has accomplished.

        • July 21, 2016 at 7:34 pm

          Yep, just like you

          • July 22, 2016 at 4:46 am

            I know what you are, but what am I?

            That’s your response? XD Perfect.

      • July 21, 2016 at 7:38 pm

        I am aware, I know of her producing career, I for one would certainly like to see something she has written or directed… oh, wait…

    • July 21, 2016 at 12:48 am

      What an insightful comment…

      • July 21, 2016 at 10:28 am

        They are his trademark…

        • July 21, 2016 at 7:35 pm

          So you’ve read my work, thanks dude, although it IS starting to freak me out

    • July 21, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Removed for terms of use :/

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