Ben Mendelsohn has praised the work of ILM and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ director Gareth Edwards for making his scenes with Moff Tarkin – a digital creation – as easy as possible on set. The iconic ‘Star Wars’ character, played by Peter Cushing in the 1977 original, was resurrected for the spin-off film with help on set from ‘Holby City’ actor Guy Henry who stood in for, and performed as, the Hammer star opposite Mendelsohn’s Orson Krennic.
By now you’ve probably read about ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s original ending, but it’s been revealed that wasn’t the only potential scene that didn’t make the final film. Ahead of the home release of Gareth Edwards’ massive sci-fi hit, Gary Whitta, who wrote an early version of the script, has revealed that series icon Darth Vader nearly appeared in a third scene.
The action sequence in ‘Rogue One’ in which Darth Vader turns Action Jackson was probably the most thrilling of the whole film for Star Wars fans. In an interview with Fandango, director Gareth Edwards revealed that it was the movie’s editor Jabbez Olssen’s brainwave, and they didn’t expect it to come off at all. According to Edwards, in the original cut of the film Vader ‘arrives and obliterates the Calamari ship, and then the blockade runner gets out just in time and he pursues the blockade runner’, so he never actually boarded the ship.
It’s fair to say Darth Vader’s cameo in ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ has proved to be something of a fan favourite. Without giving too much away, the dreaded Sith lord makes a brief appearance in director Gareth Edwards’ prequel to the original 1977 ‘Star Wars’ (AKA ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’), and more than a few Rebel Alliance soldiers wind up worse for wear because of it. It’s hardly surprising, then, that ‘Star Wars’ fans have been going a bit crazy for Vader’s considerably more bad-ass big screen return – and as such, it has inspired some eye-catching fan-made animations.
Who actually plays Darth Vader is a tricky question to answer, and one that becomes even more complicated when you factor in his appearance in ‘Rogue One – A Star Wars Story’. The credits for ‘Rogue One’, which sees the Sith Lord returning to the big screen for the first time since 2005’s ‘Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith’, lists three names for Vader: James Earl Jones provides his iconic voice, while Spencer Wilding and Daniel Naprous are responsible for the physical performance.