New “Rogue One” Photos & Vader Details

Following the confirmation that Darth Vader will appear in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” EW returns with some spectacular new photos from the film and confirmation that James Earl Jones will return to voice Vader.

There’s also some new details about the characters return, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy saying: “He will be in the movie sparingly, but at a key, strategic moment he’s going to loom large.”

Of Vader’s presence, director Gareth Edwards says: “Within the Rebellion, it’s not commonly spoken about. 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.”

A “variety of large-framed performers” will be putting on the costume on screen. Edwards describes his excitement at coming face to mask with Vader for the first time on set: “We had the breathing sound just to inspire everyone. I just got massive goosebumps. I was so nervous to turn the corner and see him. You have to pinch yourself. Everyone became children again, so easy. You just go straight back to being a 4-year-old, like, in a heartbeat.”

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is set for release on December 16th.