Rumor of the Day: New info on Darth Vader's role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Jan 17, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

Actor James Earl Jones turns 85 on Sunday and so it's the perfect time to celebrate his birthday with some potential news involving his iconic, booming voice and Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.   

Making Star Wars, usually a reliable source when it comes to rumors surrounding the Star Wars Saga, is reporting that a "meticulously recreated" iron lung costume has been crafted to perfectly match the death-black suit worn by David Prowse in Star Wars: A New Hope.  Following that exciting tidbit is the news that Vader's commanding voice will again be provided by the Academy Award-winning actor who originally spoke for the Sith Lord in Star Wars IV-VI, James Earl Jones! 

Brian Muir, the man that sculpted Darth Vader’s sinister helmet for 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope began work on the anthology film back in November and word is, "everyone is very happy and impressed" with the work done by Muir and his costuming team.  This "Darth Vader Dream Team" is effectively in place and, aside from an actor replacing the now 80-year-old Prowse, the old Vader we know and love will be resurrected for the prequel surrounding the commando raid to steal the Death Star plans.  No casting info for the coveted role or the extent of Vader's character in the screenplay have been leaked aside from the notion that he's expected to be "a prominent player in a few scenes and something to fear for the heroes" and is "alive and kicking in the future of the Star Wars universe beyond just this film as well."


What do you think of these Rogue One rumors and are you excited that the thundering vocal chords of the great James Earl Jones will once again bring voice to Vader?

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story attacks theaters on December 16, 2016.

(Via Comic Book Movie)