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Darth Vader's Original Voice Returns for Star Wars Rogue One

James Earl Jones is back.


Yesterday it was revealed that Darth Vader would be making his return to the Star Wars series in the upcoming Rogue One. It has now been confirmed that James Earl Jones will once more provide the voice of the legendary villain.

As reported by EW, Jones will return to the Star Wars series, having lent Vader his distinctive tones to the original trilogy, as well as the recent animated series Star Wars: Rebels.

Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy has also revealed just how much Vader we can expect to see in Rogue One. "He will be in the movie sparingly," she said. "But at a key, strategic moment, he's going to loom large."

EW goes on to report that at the point in time that Rogue One is set--shortly before the events of the original Star Wars--Vader is a lot less famous in the galaxy than he would become.

"Within the Rebellion, it's not commonly spoken about," director Gareth Edwards said. "Within the Empire, there is the culture of knowing of the existence of Darth Vader. There's definitely an underlying feeling that there is a power--a dark power--available to the Empire and that if you overstep your mark, you will suffer the consequences."

The film will also feature a number of entirely new characters, details of whom were revealed this week. Check them out here.

Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, and Mads Mikkelsen. It hits cinemas on December 16, 2016.

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