Comic-Con is back and we are already looking forward to the weekend as tonnes of surprise announcements await us.

But according to Entertainment WeeklyLucasfilm‘s Comic-Con 2015 panel will not feature any new footage from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens“. It will, instead, focus on offering fans a behind-the-scenes look at the highly secretive movie. In fact, a new rumour has surfaced online, suggesting that Darth Vader will appear in upcoming “Star Wars” anthology film titled “Rogue One“.

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A source told Devin Faraci of Birth.death.movies the Dark Lord of the Sith will appear in the anthology film “via viewscreen or holo projection”. The source further explained to him that Vader won’t emerge as the main antagonist as he will “be working behind the scenes, pulling strings and will appear onscreen”.

It is unclear whether the main characters of the film will eventually run into Vader in person, but if this rumour was to be believed, it will be the first time the Sith lord will be appearing in a live-action film since 1983. Though James Earl Jones is notable for voicing Vader in the film series, Devin also said he is unsure if Lucasfilm will go back to Jones or find a new voice of Vader. It is worth to note that the actor recently voiced Vader for Disney XD “Star Wars Rebels” animated series.

Darth Vader

Directed by Gareth Edwards, “Rogue One” is based on an idea by John Knoll and a screenplay by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz. The current cast includes Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, and Ben Mendelson. Forest Whitaker is also in talks to star.

Unlike the previous live-action “Star Wars” films, “Rogue One” will not revolve around the Jedi or the Force as it is set to follow a similar chronology to “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”. It will centre around “a group of rebel fighters on a mission to heist the Death Star (an ultimate weapon belongs to the Empire; a moon sized space station with the ability to destroy an entire planet) in order to bring a new hope to the galaxy”.

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J.J. Abrams’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is scheduled to arrive on 18th December this year while “Star Wars: Rogue One” will open on 16th December 2016. It was also recently announced that “The LEGO Movie” directors are on board to helm the 3rd “Star Wars” anthology film that centres on Han Solo.

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For more information, visit the movie’s official website.

Source: /FILM / Image source: StarWars.com

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