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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has cast… Darth Vader

April 11th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has found the man to play the body of Darth Vader. The new Star Wars movie, the trailer for which dropped to the typical fanboy frenzy last week, will reportedly feature the legendary Sith Lord in a major role even though he was nowhere to be seen in the first footage released.

A while back, it was reported that Hayden Christensen would be reprising his role for the movie and while we’re not sure if that’s correct or not, British actor Spencer Wilding has been cast to play Vader’s body, according to Flickering Myth  (via Squareeyed)

Wildling is a stunt actor who has appeared in some of the biggest blockbusters of the last decade, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Batman Begins and was also used for the White Walkers in Game of Thrones. That’s a pretty impressive resume.

More interestingly, Flickering Myth have reported that Wilding has been rehearsing lines of dialogue on set, meaning that Vader will indeed speak in Rogue One. Wilding is likely to be dubbed over by James Earl Jones just as David Prowse (the original body actor) was in the first trilogy. There is still no confirmation on Jones returning. Watch the video above to explore Vader’s role in the Rogue One narrative in-depth. As per previous reports, the vengeful villain will be back to his brutal best in this film, seeing that it’s set in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope when he’s on the war path and carrying out the Emperor’s orders loyally.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, is the first film in the new standalone movies from Lucasfilm. It tells the story of how a group of unlikely heroes unite to undertake a daring and seemingly impossible mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Forest Whitaker. Rogue One is directed by Gareth Edwards, produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel, executive produced by John Knoll and Jason McGatlin, and co-produced by John Swartz and Kiri Hart.

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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.

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