The actor who played Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Spencer Wilding, apparently also joins the yet-to-be-titled Han Solo spin-off. The film directed by Ron Howard will introduce Alden Ehrenreich as the younger version of the scruffy-looking nerf herder and will be set before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
The iconic supervillain was first played by David Prowse in the original trilogy but both iterations were voiced by James Earl Jones. While Wilding’s part in Rogue One was very limited, it provided fans one of the most iconic scenes in the Star Wars franchise with the Sith’s terrifying hallway murder sequence. And it would definitely be great to see him reprise the role for another go, should the Dark Lord make an appearance in the offshoot.
The news, oddly, has come out in an announcement posted on the official website (h/t StarWarsNews.Net) of the Fandomfest event Louisville, KY, where Wilding was supposed to make an appearance. Apparently, the actor had to skip this year’s outing of the convention, “as he will be filming the newest film in the Star Wars Universe. Spencer will be coming back next year.” Obviously, the only Star Wars film that is currently in production is the Han Solo spin-off as Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi wrapped principal photography months ago.