There's no question that Darth Vader is one of the greatest cinematic villains of all time. But as great as Vader was in the original trilogy, we never really saw Vader in his prime, kicking rebel butt— Until now.
Star Wars Rebels enters it's second season this weekend, in a big way, with the return of Darth Vader. The series takes place about 5 years before Star Wars episode IV: A New Hope, and chronicles the adventures of six rebels who take on the Empire's garrison in the Lothal system.
So far, the rebels have been lucky, staying one step ahead of the Empire, but a new player has been introduced that may turn the tables in the Empire's favor— Darth Vader.
This Darth Vader is going to be like no incarnation we've ever seen, promises the show's producers. This is Vader is in his prime and at the height of his powers. Being an animated show, Vader can be depicted in full-action. The producers are promising that we're going to see Vader, the way fans have always dreamed of seeing him.
If that wasn't enough to get fans excited, the producers added one more element guaranteed to send fans into hyperspace— They brought back actor James Earl Jones to voice Vader. Jones, of course, was the voice of Darth Vader for the entire Star Wars series of films.
However, it's been over ten years since Jones voiced Vader and was the actor was concerned that he couldn't do the character justice, according to show producer Dave Filoni. As Filoni explained to fans at the recent Star Wars celebration, "It was kinda funny Just before he goes into the booth, James turns to me and says 'David, I haven't done Vader in ten years. Can you remind me how?' And he's telling me this in his big deep James Earl Jones voice. So I just laugh and said, 'James, you're doing it already.'"
Star Wars Rebels, season two, returns this Saturday night, June 20th at 9:00pm Eastern Standard Time, in a one-hour movie which will air on Disney XD.