The Important Rogue One Location That May Be Revisited In Future Star Wars Movies

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story took place on planets brand new to the Star Wars canon, with one notable exception. Tagging along with Imperial Director Orson Krennic, moviegoers were transported back to Mustafar, the lava world introduced in 2005's Revenge of the Sith. In the years following Anakin Skywalker's emotionally-draining showdown with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader erected a castle on the planet, which is where Krennic came to so he could complain to the Sith Lord about how unfairly he was being treated. It was interesting to see that Vader had a place he could go where he could take a break from the Empire grind, and while Vader died a few years after the events of Rogue One, it's possible we may see that castle again later down the line.

While discussing why Darth Vader decided to build his vacation home in the place where he had his limbs chopped off, Lucasfilm Vice-President and Executive Creative Director Doug Chiang let it slip that the sinister palace might be re-visited in a future Star Wars movie. Pay attention to the very end of his quote:

It's interesting, we did a lot of history exploration. Why did Vader build his castle here? Why does it look the way it does? Why does he even come here? For us, it was really figuring out that Vader built his castle on an existing structure, which was this ancient lava dam. And he built it here for a very specific reason. It was to come back here to meditate, to rejuvenate, to reconnect with himself. And it became a very spiritual place, and it was all centered around his bacta tank. And that's where the form language all built around there. And we've done quite a bit of exploration of what's on the inside of it as well, and hopefully that'll be seen in some other film.

Doug Chiang didn't provide any hints about which Star Wars movies Darth Vader's castle might reappear, but since the Lucasfilm creative minds have spent so much time designing what lays within its walls, it'd be a waste if fans didn't get to see more of it. All we saw of the impressive structure in Rogue One was the bacta chamber where Vader went to meditate and the room where he warned Krennic not to choke on his ambition.

Darth Vader's castle in Rogue One

Even though Doug Chiang didn't say anything to Uproxx about what the future holds for Darth Vader's castle, we may already have an idea of when it will be back. Last week it was reported that Star Wars: The Last Jedi or Star Wars: Episode IX might revisit Mustafar because of Kylo Ren's personal journey, and that he would specifically explore the castle to presumably find some leftover goodies belonging to his grandfather. Rest assured, if we hear anything official about Castle Vader being included in any of the upcoming Star Wars movies, we'll let you know.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is currently available on Digital HD, and it will be released on Blu-ray/DVD next Tuesday, April 4.

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