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(WARNING: The following contains a fairly major SPOILER relating to the recently released Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, albeit one that has relatively little bearing on the rest of the film's plot. Proceed with caution and all that all the same, though.)

Now, while 's recently released has been rightly lauded for bringing a whole host of engaging new characters into the movie universe, it's worth noting that a handful of its most remarkable moments feature reappearances from some of the saga's most iconic characters. The most widely publicized of those cameos, of course, is that of , who made his way into a whole host of the film's trailers and TV spots, en route to being broadly awesome in the movie itself.

As it turns out, though...

This New 'Rogue One' Concept Art Expands On THAT Darth Vader Moment

[The Art of 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story']
[The Art of 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story']

Specifically, the distinctly geek-tastic scene in which 's Orson Krennic visits Vader himself on the planet of Mustafar, only to interrupt him casually hanging out in a gigantic bacta tank. In the finished movie, we only caught the barest glimpse of what lies beneath that iconic black armor, with the fragmented shards of what was once being largely kept a mystery. However, it seems that we almost saw far, far more. As the image above — from the recently released companion book The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — suggests, the film almost went in a very different, and far more revealing, direction.

Of course, there's a pretty solid argument to be made that the relative lack of Vader-themed exposure in the final film was actually for the best, leaving his air of mystery largely intact, but it's still neat to catch a glimpse of what might have been.

'Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith' [Credit: Lucasfilm]
'Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith' [Credit: Lucasfilm]

And, of course, to remember for a moment that even the greatest villains are human at their core and can, as such, be beaten.

What do you think, though? Would you have liked to have seen more (or less) of Vader in Rogue One? Let us know below!

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(Sources: io9)


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