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New details of Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are, frankly, terrifying…

January 30th, 2016 by Matt Gault 3 Comments


We’ll try not to let our excitement get the better of us over this one but new reports indicate that Darth Vader is going to get incredibly brutal in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While the Sith Lord wasn’t exactly peaches and cream in the original trilogy, significant developments in computer graphics and special effects will enable the Dark Side to be darker than ever.

Basically, Vader’s going to crush a lot of ‘Rebel Scum.’

Making Star Wars (via Squareeyed) has the scoop: ‘The action sequences filmed are unknown, but there was work pitching the different ways Darth Vader could kill rebels on a battlefield with the Force and his lightsaber. The storyboard “pitches” showed decapitated rebels, people being dismembered by Vader throwing his sword, levitating bodies to make human shields, and so on. The art was more violent than what we’ve seen Darth Vader do on screen before.’

Considering that J.J. Abrams introduced Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens as the Vader-wannabe who possessed the badass ability to stop a blaster bolt in mid-air, we’re stoked to see what Gareth Edwards has in store for Vader.

It might also be worth noting that lightsaber throws are something that have already been included in Star Wars’ latest video game, Battlefront as well as The Force Unleashed games.

This all being said, while we want Vader to be a terrifying force of nature, there’s only so far we want to see him go… we know he’s capable of all the things described above but that doesn’t mean they should be in the movie; the last thing anyone wants is an R-Rated Star Wars.

Being called an ‘anthology’ film but essentially a prequel, Rogue One is set shortly before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, the story focusing on a group of Rebel spies on a mission to steal the plans for the Empire’s new weapon, the Death Star.

Directed by Godzilla-reboot helmer Gareth Edwards, it is set for release on 16 December, 2016, bridging the gap between The Force Awakens and Star Wars Episode VIII. 

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

3 Responses

  1. Redeyed Jedi says:

    I have to disagree with you when you say no one wants a rated R Star Wars for us that grew up watching Star Wars we are kind of tired of seeing watered-down version’s for children. The series is over 35 years old and so are the original Fans the series should grow with the audience. Hate to compare the two but like the Harry Potter books The first book starts off real innocent in they’re eating candy playing games but time the last book comes out there’s death and they’re dealing with all these other emotions and relationships the writing grew with the audience and that’s something that I wish Star Wars did as well

    • As a 38-year-old life-long Star Wars fan I stand by what Matt says here. I have no desire to see a more adult Star Wars. Star Wars is about the characters, not blood and gore… anything that needs to be relayed can be implied. Star Wars isn’t just about growing up with it, it’s about passing it on to new fans – I have two children and they loved The Force Awakens and it was a thrill for me to see them – and others like them – getting Star Wars. That’s the magic of these movies. Marc

  2. gast - dunham says:

    i really want to see a super badass vader, killing loads of rebel scum. i want to see him doing all of the above described. i don’t want him walking around just using the force to choke someone. he’s suppose to be the ultimate bad guy, not some old guy who just walks around talking and threatening people! we want to see why people fear him! i couldn’t care less if it’s r-rated, i’m selfish like that 😛

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