"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", commonly called "Rogue One", will hit the theatres across the world this year-end.
It seems that one of the most prominent characters of the Star Wars universe, Darth Vader, is all set to appear in the first part of the Star Wars Anthology series.
Contrary to the rumours, Darth Vader didn't appear in "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens" as his fate was sealed in "Return of the Jedi", in which he met his death. However, there is a significant possibility that fans will get to see him again in the upcoming movie of the series.
Jason Ward, editor-in-chief of Making Star Wars, said that the Darth Vader costume as seen in "Star Wars: A New Hope" has been meticulously recreated to match "A New Hope" perfectly.
Ward also mentioned that James Earl Jones, who voiced Darth Vader in the original trilogy, will return to speak Vader's lines in "Rogue One".
Besides it, there is not much information regarding Vader's role in the movie yet. However, it seems that he is surely going to make an appearance in a handful of scenes as an emerging villain for Rebel soldiers.
"Rogue One" is set shortly before the events of "A New Hope" and the story will revolve around a group of Rebel spies who are on a mission to steal plans for the Empire's under-construction weapon, Death Star.
Most probably, the movie will centre on Vader's quest of finding the Rebel soldiers who have stolen the Death Star plans. "Rogue One" will also act as a bridge between it and "A New Hope", leading to Vader learning about Princess Leia's possession that was the primary plot of "A New Hope".
The movie will be produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It will be directed by Gareth Edwards and co-written by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, based on the idea by visual effects supervisor John Knoll.
"Star Wars: Rogue One" will be released on 16 December, 2016, one year after the latest movie in the franchise, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".