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Here’s How Rogue One’s New Villain Feels About Sharing The Screen With Darth Vader

When Darth Vader finally returns to the big screen in December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, he will be joined by Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn), a new Imperial officer in charge of the Death Trooper squad. While relatively little is known about Krennic, director Gareth Edwards recently revealed that he’s on a slightly different wavelength than upper-class Empire leaders like Grand Moff Tarkin. “I like the idea that Ben’s character was much more working-class,” Edwards told USA Today, explaining that he rose to his prominent position “through sheer force of personality and ideas.” However, he eventually “hits a brick wall in the hierarchy where they won’t let him in the club and it’s going to turn into a them-or-us situation.”

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According to Edwards, making a movie with Darth Vader had an overwhelming impact on the cast and crew, reducing just about everyone on the set to the children they were decades ago. “It’s like we’re at the playground again and there’s this hero sort of standing there,” he explained. “You end up very respectful of him. Even though you know there’s a guy inside the outfit, you still talk to him like he’s Vader.”

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Taking all of this in, Mendelsohn called over Edwards after shooting with Vader got underway. The director worried that he was in trouble, but it turned out the actor was experiencing the exact same excitement. “He went, ‘It’s Darth Vader. We filmed with Darth Vader.’ And I was like, ‘I know. It’s amazing, isn’t it?’ It was like no one wanted to admit that they’re having a little fanboy freak-out, but everyone did. It’s impossible not to. He’s so iconic.”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrives in theatres on December 16. That’s over seven weeks away, so prepare to watch the trailer below many more times.

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