Now that you've got your tickets there's only one thing you have to do before you can see Lord Vader back in action: wait. It's time to countdown the days (and hours) before you can witness the newest addition to the Star Wars saga in the upcoming weeks. Will #RogueOne be as big as #TheForceAwakens? Probably not, but both Fandango and Movie Tickets have been seeing performance issues since the film's midnight advanced ticket sales opened up. One would expect that the sites would have learned their lesson when Episode VII ended up breaking the internet the previous year.
It is almost time to see Jyn Erso and her band of rebels steal the Death Star plans from Empire scum. Filled with giant AT-ACTs, a star-studded diverse ensemble, menacing new villains, and the return of Star Wars' best one, it is no doubt Gareth Edwards's new film is going to make a big splash this holiday season. Get your tickets now!
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Move over Orson Krennic, the Grand Moff is back. One of the most iconic film characters of the original trilogy makes an appearance once again in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But before we get ahead of ourselves, is it really him? One of the film's newest television spots, "Breath" sure makes it seem so. The menacing force of nature has previously appeared in The Clone Wars and Rebels, and most recently had a looming presence in Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel, but if you're still on the fence about his involvement, witness it for yourself. Entertainment Weekly has confirmed Tarkin's appearance.
This movie cannot come any faster.
How Does He Fit In?
As it was revealed in Catalyst, Tarkin has quite a relationship with Director Orson Krennic, involving both their ideals and their ambitions. Knowing that the Grand Moff is in charge of the Death Star during A New Hope, it's probably safe to say that he ends up fine, but it will be interesting to see his relationship with Vader at this point in the timeline. It became clear during The Clone Wars that Tarkin didn't take a liking to many of the Republic's strategies, telling the Skywalker himself that their side should have used a more forceful hand against the Separatists. Vader has certainly taken a liking toward the leader due to their previous encounters and matching intentions. But where is Director Krennic as the events of Episode IV unfold? Unfortunately, the odds of him surviving Rogue One don't seem likely. Where else would he be if he's not in charge of the mass weapon he shepherded in creating?
Will He Be Computer Generated?
Though eerie, rumors have been circulating since last year about a potential computer-generated Peter Cushing. It is debatable whether that may have been the right move, but the fact that they may even be attempting to resurrect the character in such a way is striking and, admittedly, innovative. Previous versions of digitally recreated actors have always involved the performer during the production of the film himself, but this scenario is entirely different. Cushing passed away over two decades ago, and it will be hard to transfer lower definition film from that era and somehow evolve it to the standard that we are used to today. Speaking to The Daily Mail, an unnamed source commented on the matter:
This is one of the most complex and costly CGI re-creations ever. Cushing is a pivotal plot line as he was the one to create Darth Vader and there’s a whole back story that will come out. They are going through hours and hours of old footage from the horror movies to recreate his legs and feet to produce realistic movements, It is eerie to see someone who has been dead for so long come to life on a screen.
In all fairness it is understandable why Lucasfilm would want to have Tarkin involved in some capacity, but as soon as he appears on frame, audiences are sure to be caught off guard. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rogue One VFX designer and executive producer John Knoll spoke briefly about what the film has in store, visually. The outlet cited that Knoll hinted at something "revolutionary" and something "never-before-seen" in cinema. If that's true, one can easily put these two puzzle pieces together.
"I have to tread lightly there because some of the fun bits of innovation are stuff that I’ve been asked not to talk about yet. You know, we want to hold that back."
Whether the Grand Moff will be computer generated is yet to be seen, but it is clear that Lucasfilm will be trying hard to bring him back to life. There's still a large chance that they used an actor to fill in for Cushing's scenes, which would not be surprising due to the fact that it has been done before. Look familiar?
How big do you think Tarkin's role will be?