Darth Vader is more menacing than ever before when he finally makes an appearance in the brand new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer.
An extended preview airing during NBC’s Rio Olympic Games coverage on Thursday (August 11) held off its very brief glimpse of the Sith Lord until its final seconds.
A silhouette of Darth Vader is sure to send shivers down every Star Wars fan’s spine when it’s shown for one single second – as the unmistakeable sound of his heavy breathing is heard.
Lucasfilm finally revealed in June that the legendary James Earl Jones is once again voicing Vader in the pseudo-prequel to A New Hope – although he apparently only wields his lightsaber in key scenes.
“He will be in the movie sparingly,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has teased. “But at a key, strategic moment, he’s going to loom large.”
The Star Wars franchise’s first spinoff will take place at a time somewhere between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and will explore character backstories and all their history in a galaxy far, far away.
Billed as a heist flick – but in space – the film is set to follow “a wayward band of Rebel fighters” led by Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) as they come together to fight the forces of evil and steal plans for the Death Star before it’s too late.
“There isn’t much time,” Jyn warns her fellow rebels in the new trailer. “Everyday they grow stronger.”
Featuring appearances from a younger Darth Vader and a recently-confirmed cameo by Princess Leia’s adopted father Senator Bail Organa, there’s a lot to get excited about.