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To paraphrase Boromir about walking into Mordor, one does not simply PUT Darth Vader into a Star Wars movie. One has to fret over it, and it turns out there is a very simple explanation for why that is, as Gareth Edwards, the director of December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, found out.
After his presentation on the main stage at Star Wars Celebration in London, Gareth Edwards met with CinemaBlend and a small group of film journalists to talk about his unique approach to this very familiar universe. The exclusive trailer shown to audiences at Celebration ended with the reveal that Darth Vader does indeed show up in the movie (as was rumored for some time). But Edwards said that Vader presents a specific challenge when he's a character in your film, explaining:
We know that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes place in the moments leading up to Star Wars: A New Hope, and that it will follow the ragtag group of Rebel fighters who steal the plans to the Death Star and eventually help Luke Skywalker destroy the weapon ... after this movie. Gareth Edwards understands that he's backing into one of the most popular movies of all time, but he says knowing helped him understand how to tackle Darth Vader, and the whole experience.
Edwards tells us:
Isn't that exactly what you want to hear? I think it's refreshing that Rogue One, at least on paper (and in the mind of the filmmaker), wants to think outside of the traditional Star Wars box and harken back to the spirit of George Lucas' visionary storytelling, while also using some of Lucas' tools and operating in his sandbox. We'll see how it all works when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 15.