Darth Vader, the right hand of the Emperor, might have a direct stake in the events of Star Wars: Rogue One.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was great fun, but now there's another film to look forward to: Rogue One. This standalone Star Wars tale will depict exactly how the Rebellion stole those Death Star plans and kicked off the events of A New Hope, which explains why Lucasfilm wants to resurrect Grand Moff Tarkin. But if new, behind-the-scenes information is accurate, Tarkin won't be the only returning villain. Darth Vader himself may have a major role in Rogue One, as will new Stormtrooper and TIE Fighter designs.
Many details of Star Wars: Rogue One are still tightly under wraps, and even the sources cited don't have specifics on everything. But what has been reported suggests Darth Vader has a bigger role than initial rumors first suggested. Which makes sense - Vader was already leading the search for stolen Death Star plans when A New Hope began, so investigating the thieves who actually took them is likely.
But that's not all the sources are talking about. It's also believed Rogue One will introduce a new, specialized Stormtrooper type that wears black armor, referred to on th set as "Death Troopers." AT-AT Walkers will also be featured, along with a new TIE Fighter design specific to this film. On top of that, one of Rogue One's major characters is rumored to be an ex-Imperial droid who now serves the Rebels. While the actor behind this droid is unknown, sources describe it as a "show stealer".
Even if all of the above is true, it's fairly vague and tells us little about Rogue One's overall story - but it's certainly enough to get fans excited as The Force Awakens winds down. Star Wars: Rogue One will reach theaters on Dec. 16, 2016.