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Alright, gang. Hold up one second. Pause that game of Holo-Chess, 'cause it's big news time. So find the nearest Cantina (mind that Droid), pull up a chair, and settle in. Because this one's huge:

Darth Vader is coming back to Star Wars.

Yes, you read that right. Darth Vader is heading back to the Star Wars universe - and he'll be voiced by James Earl Jones.

Now, so far, he's only been confirmed to be appearing in the TV series Star Wars Rebels, in the upcoming ABC screening of the movie-ish pilot episode that's heading our way October 26th.

Also featuring these guys...
Also featuring these guys...

But, considering that James Earl Jones' recent denial of a role in Star Wars Episode VII was largely based on not having been approached by Lucasfilm, as well as not being especially inclined to appear, this could be major news when it comes to the new film trilogy, too.

After all, if this...

"Oh no. I’ve got no illusions that I will or even hankerings to be in them, but I’m very proud to have been part of the original."

...has turned to this, from Star Wars Rebels Executive Producer Dave Filoni...

"We wanted to do something special for the ABC broadcast. We've added a scene which gives audiences insight into the Inquisitor and includes a cameo by Darth Vader voiced by the distinguished actor James Earl Jones."

...then clearly James Earl Jones has, since his quote from June, been approached by Lucasfilm.

And not just because they're big Conan fans...
And not just because they're big Conan fans...

Which means they now have a working relationship once more.

Which, in turn, means that Darth Vader is back on the table for Episode VII.

Now, the big question:

What Does This Mean for Episode VII?

Well, for one thing, it almost certainly doesn't mean that Vader somehow survived his redemptive death at the end of Return of the Jedi - so we can all sleep soundly tonight.

What it does open up, though, are some long-speculated possibilities for the sequels that wouldn't have been practical without James Earl Jones' truly iconic voice.

For instance:

Darth Flashback

When Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd was cast in Episode VII, there were waves of speculation that she would be playing a young Princess Leia, and that the film would features flashback sequences.

Now, while there's an almost infinite number of flashbacks that director J.J. Abrams could opt for, there's one that stands out as perhaps the most likely: a young (read, pre A New Hope) Princess Leia, presumably on her home planet of Alderaan, giving us a glimpse of some vital narrative context.

Which could now include an early meeting with Darth Vader, or, perhaps, Leia watching him interrogate (an also returning) Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa, providing fans of the prequel trilogy with a little connective tissue.

Alternatively, we could see...

Darth Cameo

Or, in other words, we could see the same sort of force ghosts we saw at the end of Return of the Jedi, only this time with a twist: Darth Vader, and not Anakin Skywalker, reaching out to Luke.

That, or Luke, Leia, or any-one you like, really (Chewie?) could have a nightmarish vision of Darth Vader brought back to life.

A surprise opening tease, maybe?

Darth Luke

There is, of course, a darker alternative - one which would tap into the rumors circulating that Luke himself may have gone over to the Sith:

Luke Skywalker could have become the new Darth Vader - right down to the voice.

Which would be...depressing as hell, but not impossible...

Or, y'know, they could just bring Darth back from the dead, and listen as ten thousand mega-fans scream out in pain, and are then extinguished. By their heads exploding.

Which would make for an interesting [Star Wars: Episode VII](movie:711158), at least...


What do you guys think? Will James Earl Jones (and Darth Vader) return for Episode VII?

via Geek Tyrant


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