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Star Wars VII Speculation Reaches New Galaxies Of Implausibility – Will Darth Vader Return?

Who’s writing? Who’s directing? What’s it going to be about? We have the answer to one of those questions so far. Michael Ardnt is currently writing the script to Star Wars VII. But as rumors go, this one was probably inevitable. Sources are saying they might try to bring Darth Vader back from the dead.  

Sorry if I spoiled Return of the Jedi for you just then. Now, take this with a giant grain of salt as the news comes from Express, who have their news from “industry insiders.”

“He’s an integral part of the franchise. Replacing him is virtually impossible,” said the source. “The plan is for him to return and play a significant role in the new films.”

So…how would that work exactly?

“This is science fiction remember,” said the source. “Darth Vader will rise from the ashes.”

Well sure, that could happen. Anything can happen really. But should it? I think most fans will give a big no to that one. Though looking at it from outside my own fan bubble, I can absolutely see why they’d do it. Darth Vader IS Star Wars. We know there are plenty of bad guys out there but he’s the one everyone knows and loves.

What do you think? Should Vader be resurrected or left alone?

(via /Film)

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  • Jerilyn Nighy

    Neither Darth Vader, nor classic Star Wars for that matter, should be resurrected. Let it rest. Disney should invest in new art/artists.

  • ClarkFL

    No Vader resurrection. go further. There are other Sith out there after Vader and the Emperor. The Skywalker lineage goes on and you could have a movie about them. Perhaps do a movie with Cade Skywalker going up against Darth Krayt or something like that.

  • Patrick Denny

    If they *must* bring back Vader, make it a new one. The ideal story arc (in as incestuous a universe as Star Wars) would be to have one of Luke’s own pupils (son? daughter?) turn against him and assume the Vader moniker. Possibly as the result of Luke trying to deny his own history “for the good of the Jedi”. Having the Galaxy not be so super cool under Alliance rule and throwing in certain forces who pine for the good old, predictable, law and order days of empire rule would help too.

  • Anonymous

    I can actually see one way of doing this that would work pretty well. It is important to note that the death of the Emperor and Darth Vader along with the destruction of the second Death Star happened in orbit around an inconsequential moon in an inconsequential planetary system in the far reaches of the Empire. Remember, the second Death Star’s construction was meant to be a secret, so it’s obvious it would be done in a place hidden and unknown by most of the Empire’s population. So therefore, much of the Empire would still believe that the Emperor and Darth Vader still lived. Even if credible news got out about the Emperor’s death, Darth Vader’s iconic look could still be the basis of rumors that he lived and was resisting the Rebellion’s rise to power.

    Additionally, in the original trilogy we’re given the tidbit of information that with the Sith there was always a Master and an Apprentice. Is it unreasonable to believe that Vader had an apprentice out there somewhere? This apprentice, learning of his/her master’s death could take on the guise and role of Darth Vader to continue to hold the Empire’s rein, and even move into the power vacuum created at the destruction of the second Death Star.

    So we could still see the iconic Vader look with the helmet, cape, and respirator. It would not be Anakin Skywalker, but rather the idea of Vader. And the recent Dark Knight trilogy has taught us that it is very hard to kill an idea.

  • Matt Graham

    That’s the sort of story that makes me less interested. I was hoping we’d move forward.

    I felt the same way about Dark Empire when I first read it.

  • Matt Graham

    My dream idea features Jaina and Jacen playing out their Light/Dark side sibling story, but as descendents like Cade in that era.

  • Matt Graham

    Star Wars canon is so hilarious, with all the rules about things like “G-Canon” and such. Vader had an apprentice…if you count the Force Unleashed game series. Which some might. The movies trump all other media, though, for better or worse.

  • R.O.U.S.

    Resurrecting dead classic characters for an updated addition is NEVER OK.

  • Sampsa Granström

    Only if it’s actually episode 3.5 4.5 or 5.5 .
    Or possibly just the suit that they’re using.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t buy it. The prequels were technically Vader-less until the end, and the Clone Wars series does fine without him. People don’t watch Star Wars just for Vader. If the new movies do resurrect him somehow, they don’t know their audience very well.

  • strugglngwriter

    All new stories. No Old Man Luke or Han Solo. I would not be with okay with Vader returning at all.

    “Replacing him is virtually impossible” <- an "industry insider" would say this. A competent writer would not.

  • ClarkFL

    Doing the Darth Caedus thing would be interesting, but then you have to bring in a very old Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill reprising their roles. Not sure they would do that, at their age(s). If you go past them, then you avoid upsetting fans by messing with the originals.

  • tcrush77

    why not go back toward the old republic and do a triligy on darth bane!! would be interesting and definately triligy materail plus ++

  • Inky

    If this DOES happen, the only way I can see it working is if he’s a clone. There’s clones in both the prequel trilogy and in the novels after the EU, so it could work. That being said, I’d rather that they not focus too heavily on the older characters. The EU does just fine with using characters besides Han, Luke, Leia and Vader. the new movies can, too.

  • Matt Graham

    I would just say they were descendents and take the story a little further down the timeline to get around. They could just use the framework. On the other hand, I did read the other day that all Ford, Fisher, and Hamill were happy to do a new project.

    I found that odd, as Ford usually doesn’t talk Han Solo or Star Wars whenever I’ve seen his interviews. And suddenly he has an urge?

  • ClarkFL

    Go back further even. Revan and Malak, Exar Kun and Ulic Qel-Droma, or even back to Ajunta Pall, Naga Sadow, Freedon Nadd, and Tulak Hord.

    The Bane stuff would be cool, to establish the “Rule of Two” and all of Bane’s successors.

  • Anonymous

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! #revengeofthesithreference

  • Craig Moore

    It would be a bad idea. I just don’t see how there is anything to be gained storywise from bringing Darth Vader back from the dead.

  • inapajonka

    No, you’re wrong. While the IV-VI parts were about Vader and Luke, the parts I-III were made just because of Vader – to show his story when he was young. No Vader, no parts I-III. Everyone wanted to know how and why he joined the dark side. And people don’t want his ressurection, not because they don’t want to see him, but it would be stupid and illogical as hell. Vader is dead and it should stay like this.

  • inapajonka

    I think that a better option would be to do movie which could be placed between part III and IV. I don’t know how old was Luke in the New Hope, but for sure it was minimum 15 years! That’s a huge period of time – and what the most important – Vader was still alive and young. I think that it could be more interesting.

  • Anonymous

    If I remember correctly, Ford has said he doesn’t like to talk about previous films in general once they’re a certain time past their release, because he doesn’t like to dwell on past work; he said he prefers to talk about interesting future projects instead. Which I guess kind of makes sense. And Star Wars would’ve been well past that ‘freshness’ date.

    (Grr. My usual Google-Fu is failing me and I cannot find a source, but I swear I remember hearing this in some interview he did.)

  • Anonymous

    As some friends and I discussed elsewhere… do the Revan arc, and have Michael Fassbender play him. I’d totally watch that.

  • Anonymous

    Well, if they stick to the extended universe, one of Luke’s pupils—his nephew, Han and Leia’s son—does in fact do more or less that. (The “Darth Caedus thing” mentioned in an earlier comment thread.)

  • Matt Graham

    That sounds vaguely familiar to me. I think I may have seen that in the Cowboys and Aliens interviews that Favreau did. Or somewhere else.

    Either way, I appreciate you following up and I’ll take it.

  • Farina

    Without the evil character of Darth Vader, Star Wars can not exist. Darth Vader is Star Wars! These words of Obi-Wan are the key of the return of Vader: Obi-Wan: You can not win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall Become more powerful than you Could possibly imagine. What about Vader so !!!