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Darth Vader to have a significant role in Rogue One

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Rumours over at the reliable Making Star Wars have added weight to previous hints that Darth Vader will have a role to play in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. According to the report, Disney and Lucasfilm have put together a 'Darth Vader Dream Team' to create a replica of Vader's Star Wars outfit in as much detail as possible and word is they've done an amazing job. Previously it was thought Vader might make an appearance as a hologram or in a very minor part, but new information suggests that Rogue One will feature ex-Skywalker more prominently and that the film will segue almost directly into the moments when Vader, in pursuit of the stolen Death Star plans, steps aboard Tantive IV at the beginning of Episode IV.

The report also suggests that James Earl Jones is back to voice Vader; a role he most recently filled in Star Wars: Rebels but Hayden Christensen won't be back inside the suit; instead a brand new actor will be recruited to fill the role.

Other rumours suggest that the actor to play Han Solo in the spin-off being developed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller will have a part to play in the events of Rogue One and that young solo will appear in something of a cameo before leading the charge in his own film. A possible shortlist of actors was unveiled last week but fans are clamouring for the unlisted Anthony Ingruber to be cast given his previous performance as a young Harrison Ford in The Age of Adaline.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrives in UK cinemas on 16th December 2016. It stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna. It is directed by Gareth Edwards based on a story by Gary Whitta, Chris Weitz and John Knoll.

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Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams. This was follows in the main Star Wars saga by Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi with the final film of the sequel trilogy, Episode IX, due in cinemas in December 2019 with J J Abrams back at the helm,A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One, which was followed in 2018 by Ron Howard's Solo and a fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson which will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.In addition, there are the animated TV series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels along with Star Wars Resistance which starts in late 2018 and finally a new live action series currently being developed by Jon Favreau set some time after the events of Return of the Jedi.

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