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Rogue One has been universally hailed as one of the best movies in the Star Wars franchise. This had a lot to do with the unique, diverse story and the sassy new droid, but the bigger reason is that Rogue One pays homage to A New Hope in beautiful and wonderful ways. Even the last few minutes of prequel film tie seamlessly into to original. Perhaps one of the craziest new factoids to come out about the film, though, is that the final sequence initially looked way different. Remember what happens at the end? An angry, vengeful Darth Vader intercepts a rebel spaceship and picks off soldiers one by one with his lightsaber and some pretty impressive Force work. Then, of course, we catch a glimpse of Princess Leia. Here's the thing: according to a new interview with Yahoo!, that Darth Vader sequence almost didn't happen. Or, more accurately, it wasn't added until postproduction. »
- Ryan Roschke
Star Wars: Rogue One has been in theaters for just about a month, and it is safe to say the movie is a huge success. Not only has the first ever live-action theatrically released Star Wars Anthology movie to take place outside of the Skywalker saga done very well at the box office, but it has been very well received by fans. One of the main reasons for that was the presence of Darth Vader, specifically his final scene. It turns out that scene wasn't originally in the movie.
Warning: There will be massive spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ahead. Last year, there was a lot of concern when news surfaced that there would be some very significant reshoots done just months before the release of Rogue One. As it turns out, those reshoots were very worthwhile. Speaking with Yahoo Movies!, editor John Gilroy revealed that Darth Vader's final, »
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may be crushing it at the box office, cementing itself as the second biggest film of 2016, but it’s also drawn a bit of controversy. As you’ll no doubt know by now, Disney opted to bring back Grand Moff Tarkin, which isn’t problematic in and of itself, but ended up angering some fans as instead of getting a new actor to play him, they digitally re-created the original actor, Peter Cushing, who passed away in 1994.
Tarkin wasn’t the only classic Star Wars character to return for the prequel, though, as one of cinema’s most iconic villains also made an appearance. Yes, Darth Vader was back on screen again for Rogue One and moviegoers were thrilled to see him. While the character’s voice came from James Earl Jones, who brought him to life all those years ago, it was actually »
- Josh Wilding
There were a lot of things to love about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but heading into (and out of) the movie, there is almost no question that the biggest reason to be excited about the movie was Darth Vader. We haven't seen true-to-form Darth Vader on screen since Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, if you don't count the quick bit at the end of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Now the actor who played him on screen in the latest live-action Star Wars movie has opened up a bit about taking on the iconic character and how he was brought to life this time around.
British actor Spencer Wilding played Darth Vader in the suit for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but James Earl Jones once again returned to voice the famed Sith Lord. He recently talked about his experience with ITV during a special »
Darth Vader’s castle is a concept that can be traced back to the late 1970s, when Ralph McQuarrie was producing concept artwork for 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, and we finally got to see it on screen last month in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story courtesy of director Gareth Edwards, who took us back to Mustafar (the location of Anakin Skywalker’s duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi) to show us the Dark Lord of the Sith’s sanctum in all of its glory.
Speaking to the official Star Wars site, Lucasfilm concept artist and production designer Doug Chiang has been talking about the castle’s inclusion in Rogue One, the purpose it serves for Vader, and how he adapted McQuarrie’s original designs for its appearance.
“Vader’s castle was really fun. When I knew that we were going to possibly go back to Vader’s castle, I loved that idea of, »
- Gary Collinson
Welsh actor Spencer Wilding (who we exclusively revealed as playing Vader back in April) took part in an interview conducted by ITV, stating that “This character has got so much presence… It’s unbelievable. I’m just one small element of Star Wars. It’s a massive production, and it takes a lot to bring the magic of that film. It’s just awesome.”
Getting the performance right was paramount, as Wilding went on to comment on his collaboration with his trainer, saying “We studied the movements of Darth Vader. We had a trainer who got it bang on. We wanted to keep it ‘Darth Vader!’ It’s every actor’s dream. I’m still pinching myself! »
- Robert Kojder
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