Well we’ve known for a while that Darth Vader was likely to appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and now, thanks to EW (http://www.ew.com/article/2016/06/22/star-wars-rogue-one-cover), we have confirmation that the Dark Lord of the Sith will be back to cause trouble for the Rebels seeking the plans of the Death Star.
This week’s issue will look at the story of how the Rebels came to have the plans in a story that fans have wondered about ever since the opening scrawl of Star Wars in 1977.
And if you look at the cover (above), you’ll see that Vader has been confirmed as returning as a Star Wars fan, if that doesn’t excite you, we don’t know what will…
The magazine will also have:
The background of our cover showcases new Imperial weaponry being used against the nascent Rebellion: taller, slimmer walkers known as AT-ACTs hauling cargo, and flatter, fang-like interceptors known as TIE Strikers.
New information about Jyn Erso (The Theory of Everything’s Felicity Jones), the outlaw who has clashed with both the Rebellion and the Empire, and now has a chance to clear her ledger of past wrongs by leading a mission for the good guys.
It’s also personal – her father, played by Mads Mikkelsen, is a scientist whose knowledge is sought by both sides.
Full details of the squad of characters uniting to take on the Empire, played by the most multicultural cast to appear in a Star Wars film yet: Diego Luna, Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Forest Whitaker, and Alan Tudyk – as a performance-capture droid. (One of these has been seen before by Star Wars fans.)
A look at the skullduggery inside the Imperial ranks, as seen through the eyes of a new villain: Ben Mendelsohn’s ambitious officer, who’s eager to earn the favor of the Emperor – and avoid the wrath of his black-masked enforcer.
Candid revelations from the filmmakers about what the current reshoots are adding to the story as the film nears its December release.
Finally, confirmation of what fans have hoped ever since the project was announced: Vader is back. We have a run-down of the Sith lord’s first day on set, and what his return means for the larger Star Wars storytelling universe.
It’s an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan, isn’t it?