Vader casts shadow over new Star Wars film
CINEMA'S ultimate villain, Darth Vader, is set to make a comeback with a menacing appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, industry magazine Entertainment Weekly said on Wednesday.
The first standalone Star Wars story, Rogue One is set just before A New Hope - the original film in the blockbuster series - and stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen and Forest Whitaker.
EW said on its website it would reveal "never-before-seen characters while reintroducing a few classic ones" in the new issue, out today.
"We're confirming a big one on our cover: the galactic man in black himself, Darth Vader," it added.
Rumours of a Vader return in British film-maker Gareth Edwards' contribution to the Star Wars canon began to circulate in April with the release of the first trailer.
The 100-second teaser featured a retread of John Williams' familiar Star Wars score, including a snippet of the infamous Imperial March, used to signify Vader's approach.
EW writer Anthony Breznican told ABC's Good Morning America the trainee Jedi turned Sith Lord "kind of looms large over the plot, even when he's not necessarily on screen".
Director Krennic, a new villainous character played by Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn, finds he has "Vader looming in the background over his shoulder, making sure that he gets the job done", Breznican said.
EW did not say which actor had been hired for Vader's latest big-screen outing, due to hit theatres in the United States on Dec 16.