It's happening! We wondered, and now we know, HE'S IN THE FILM!
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! Proceed at your own risk!
Well things just got awesomer in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story! A spoilery leak has occurred which has revealed some new and unexpected character appearances in the film that fans weren't aware of or expecting. Rogue One is set BEFORE A New Hope, just as the Galactic Empire is taking power, as rebels fight to steal the plans for the weapon the Galactic Empire intends to reinforce their rule, the Death star. The rebels are lead by Jane Erso (Felicity Huffman). In the trailer for the film, we have seen teases of familiar characters, suggesting their existence will be hinted at in the film, but nothing more. Until NOW!
The official sample pages from the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: The Official Visual Guide book have been leaked! Many of the pages are character assessment pages in which characters from the film are introduced and their role is described. Among these characters are two very new faces, as well as one we know all too well, DARTH VADER!
Now, these are labeled sample pages, and much of the text is clearly just placeholder text, but there are multiple appearances of Vader in the Visual Guide to the film. So this basically confirms our Galactic leader’s appearance in the film as more than just a hint at his existence! Could this mean Jane Erso will have her showdown with Vader, and will she survive it? We know Jane and her rebels succeed in getting the plans for The Death Star, and the plans get in the hands of Leia before she is captured. Jane and her rebels complete this mission is before the resurgence of Jedi, so they have no real defense against Vader. It does make me wonder if Jane will make it out of her mission alive.
The pages also introduce two new characters not seen in the film’s teaser trailer:
Both are described as a fierce warriors, non-human, and featured alongside the characters we are aware of in the leaked sample pages. I wonder if they are Jane Erso’s partners in crime for the mission to get the Death Star plans?
Now that we know Vader will be in Rogue One in a substantial way, it’s interesting to think exactly how they will pull it off. Vader made his first film appearance in 1977, so it has been over 30 years. Who will be wearing the Vader costume? Will James Earl Jones voice the character once more? What does this mean for Jane Erso and her mission, will she go head to head with him at some point, even though she is no match in the force? Or is she? The last line of the trailer seems to suggest Jane Erso's fight against the Empire may lead her down an unexpected path.
"If you continue to fight, what will you become?"
While these leaked pages reveal so much, there are still so many unanswered questions, so I guess for now we will have to wait and see what happens in December. All I know is the return of Darth Vader has me VERY excited. We will get to see a bit more of what he was like just as the Empire took power in the earlier days of his villainy! I am ready!