Darth Vader’s Castle on Mustafar May Appear In Future Star Wars Films

While Disney begins its slow shift away from its Legacy characters as it expands the franchise, an interview with Doug Chiang on Uproxx reveals that at least one legacy character’s home planet may reappear in future films. Read on for more!


It’s starting to seem likely that Darth Vader’s home planet of Mustafar may officially be explored in one of the Star Wars sequel trilogy movies (Check out our recent article regarding the planet’s return). It also seems that Disney and Lucasfilm now understand how powerful Vader’s influence is and having some sort of connection to past installments.


Recently, Donna Dickens from Uproxx caught up with Lucasfilm VP and Executive Creative Director Doug Chiang to discuss his team’s work on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. During the chat a possible spoiler came out of nowhere about why Vader chose Mustafar as his home base and if it might be explored in future films. Chiang explains that the castle was a place that was very important to Vader:

“It’s interesting, we did a lot of history exploration. Why did Vader build his castle here? Why does it look the way it does? Why does he even come here? For us, it was really figuring out that Vader built his castle on an existing structure, which was this ancient lava dam. And he built it here for a very specific reason. It was to come back here to meditate, to rejuvenate, to reconnect with himself.”


Battle of the Heroes – Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith


While Chiang has talked about Vader’s castle before, we haven’t heard him go in-depth with explanation for Vader’s reasoning for being on Mustafar.

“It became a very spiritual place, and it was all centered around his bacta tank. And that’s where the form language all built around there. And we’ve done quite a bit of exploration of what’s on the inside of it as well, and hopefully that’ll be seen in some other film.”


Ralph McQuarrie Vader Castle Concept/ Castle Interior


It’s that last sentence that’s very intriguing, “hopefully that’ll be seen in some other film


Did Chaing just drop future concepts and ideas? I guess we’ll have to wait and see! Chiang did note that that there was a lot to the castle that we have yet to see, interiors and other designs are on the table.  I guess, one could say that it’s looking more and more like the Mustafar castle wasn’t a one-and-done for Lucasfilm.


Ralph McQuarrie Vader Castle Concept/ Emperor’s Throne


Supreme Leader Snoke – Star Wars: The Force Awakens


So, will Kylo Ren visit Vader’s Castle in ‘The Last Jedi” or future films? Does Snoke reside at the former Sith Lord’s castle? Early Ralph McQuarrie concept art does show a throne. Although, that scenario would seem a little too far-fetched and too speculative for my blood, as well as my colleagues at StarWarsNewsnet.com. However, given Kylo Ren’s obsession with his grandfather in ‘The Force Awakens’ coupled with the fact that the castle appeared in Rogue One, it’s more likely than not that we’ll see Vader’s home sometime in the coming saga films.


‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ will hit theaters in December


May the force be with you….



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30 thoughts on “Darth Vader’s Castle on Mustafar May Appear In Future Star Wars Films

  • March 31, 2017 at 8:12 am

    One of the coolest parts of Rogue One for me. For some reason I found it super amusing that Vader has a castle, on Mustafar of all places.

  • March 31, 2017 at 8:40 am

    For me it makes total sense. Mustafar is where it all went down for Anakin/Vader. It is dark and dangerous, no one would visit there normally and we as viewers have a link there. Fits totally in my opinion.

  • March 31, 2017 at 9:02 am

    *Can’t post without seeming biased*

    Oh well. They’ve expressed how much a fan of Darth Vader, Kylo Ren is. Why show his castle now? And not to mention Kylo Ren is an up and comer. Every good villain needs a lair. I’m confident we will see it in the sequel trilogy.

  • March 31, 2017 at 9:06 am

    I picture a big red eye at the top of that castle for some reason…

      • March 31, 2017 at 10:43 pm

        It was smart to jump way ahead in time. EU got pretty stale after a while (or short while, depending on personal tastes).

  • March 31, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Poor ol’ Snoke learned the hard way — one does not simply visit Phil Spector’s house without a gunshot wound to the face.

    • March 31, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      Or Robert Blake’s!

  • March 31, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Snoke is Vader’s Castle, confirmed.

  • March 31, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    It makes sense. You can’t really put something like that on film for one scene, especially when one major antagonist in the sequel trilogy is motivated by Vader’s legacy.

    I wonder if the new Vader comic will cover the castle and/or its construction somehow too.

    • March 31, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      I thought the castle was really awkwardly shoved into Rogue One. This tells me it was there to plant the seed for a future appearance.

      • March 31, 2017 at 11:10 pm

        I actually liked the way it was put in as a bit of world-building and showcasing Vader. Revisiting it reminds me of the way Mike Mignola approaches his Hellboy universe, which I simply love.

      • April 1, 2017 at 5:23 am

        It didn’t seem all that awkward to me. Vader and Krennic have to meet somewhere, don’t they?

      • April 1, 2017 at 10:38 am

        I don’t know about it being awkward as such, but from what I have read and evidence in the trailers it appears that these two characters originally shared scenes on the Death Star.

        At some point a decision seems to have been made to transfer their encounter to Mustafar, possibly to introduce the location for inclusion in a later film?

        • April 2, 2017 at 1:08 am

          Hopefully to familiarize us with Kylo’s fortress in Episode VIII….

  • March 31, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Back in December, Chiang did an interview with Starwars.com and he talked about the Castle being built around the bacta tank, too. In that interview, I thought the most interesting thing he said was that the castle could have been built on top of a Sith cave and that is where Vader went to meditate. So, I too, think that Vader’s castle will be explored in some way in the ST and maybe it’s Kylo exploring this cave.?

  • March 31, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Love how that first McQuarrie sketch has couches and lounge furniture. Like every day around 5 p.m. Vader raises the Galactic Empire flag outside to let all his buddies know it’s time to come over for vodka gimlets.

    • April 1, 2017 at 3:01 am

      Do you think Vader would allow air-conditioning?

  • March 31, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    I still think the one mistake they made visually with Vader’s castle is that the entire lava field in front of the castle should have been glowing red. It would have made the visual much more dramatic.

    • April 1, 2017 at 5:21 am

      Meh, I can have it either way. Gigantic piles of bright-orange lava seem a bit excessive for my tastes. *cough cough* Episode III *cough*

    • March 31, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      That would be a nice connection. 🙂

    • March 31, 2017 at 11:29 pm


  • March 31, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    so many vistas

      • April 1, 2017 at 12:26 am

        Did I mention I absolutely loved this movie?

  • April 1, 2017 at 6:41 am

    It was my favorite location in R1 even though we only see it for a few minutes, It reminded of the OT even though it is a PT one.

  • April 10, 2017 at 4:22 am

    The More Darth Vader in a Star Wars movie, the more its an actual Star Wars movie.

    Darth Vader IS Star Wars.

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