We knew Rogue One was going to be set in-between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and we’ve heard that the movie will be centered around their mission is to steal the plans for the first Death Star. But it now it sounds like these Rebel pilots will have more to worry about than just Imperial TIE Fighters.

Badass Digest is reporting that the Dark Lord of the Sith will be a featured villain in the movie, due out next year. He won’t be the main villain, apparently, but “he will be working behind the scenes, pulling strings and will appear onscreen.” However, there’s no word if the protagonists will face off with Vader in person (one would have to imagine that would go very poorly for the Rebels).

Please, feel free to take a grain of salt, but 1) the movie is set in the prime of Darth Vader’s evil career and 2) Badass Digest has a good track record with these sorts of things. Really, as ong as Vader has no cause to scream “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO” in the film, I’m down with it.


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