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You know what they say every December: it's the most wonderful time of the year. And while this phrase may originally be referring to Christmas, Star Wars fans will know that the month now means something else entirely. Because now that Disney has taken over the franchise, we can expect a new Star Wars movie every December for the foreseeable future. These installments will alternate between main chapters and standalone movies, with this December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story marking the first spinoff in the franchise's history. Rogue One will largely follow a new scrappy group of rebels, but it will also feature a handful of classic characters making their return. Chief among them is Darth Vader himself, and many fans have been wondering what version of the character will be appearing in the movie.
They can expect to see Darth Vader in as true a way of how we perceived him to be in the original movies.
Do you hear that sound? It's the collective cheering of generations of Star Wars fans. The original Darth Vader will be appearing in Rogue One, which is all anyone really hoped for in the standalone movie.
Chronologically, it makes sense that Darth Vader would be the merciless badass that we love in Rogue One. Because the spinoff is set in between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Vader should be at the height of his evil. Anakin has lost everything, including his wife, children, and limbs. As such, he's fiercely loyal to Emperor Palpatine and The Galactic Empire- seeking out and murdering any surviving Jedi and rebels he comes across. Vader drank the evil kool-aid for the majority of the original trilogy, only showing humanity at the tail end of Return of the Jedi when saving Luke (and the galaxy) from The Emperor.
Now that we know Darth Vader will be at his OG badass form, the question is how much of his power we'll be shown in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Vader is supposed to be one of the strongest being in the galaxy, but the original trilogy had fairly limiting visual and special effects. We've yet to see Darth Vader use much of his powers in live-action, which is a major selling point for his appearance in Rogue One. Personally, I'm going to need to see Vader using his powers, because I'd love to see the villain kicking ass through modern CGI and effects.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will fly into theaters on December 16th, including a thoroughly evil Darth Vader.