With Star Wars: The Last Jedi on the horizon, news about the upcoming Han Solo movie has been scarce. But Star Wars fans that loved Darth Vader’s cameo at the end of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be extremely happy with the latest Han Solo rumor. While Disney has yet to confirm, there is at least one report that Vader was seen on the set of Ron Howard’s reshoots. That meshes with rumors that we heard months back, that the Darth Vader “dream team” was back, and putting together another suit similar to the one used in Rogue One.
It would seem that Disney knows where their Star Wars bread is buttered. Despite the fact that Vader, as a character, has been dead since 1983, they’re still finding ways to utilize him in novels, comic books, television, and the movies. We took a look at all the recent news as it relates to Darth Vader, including his cameo in the Han Solo film and how he will be referenced in The Last Jedi.
Appearance in the Han Solo movie
This is the big one. Rumors began to pop up about Darth Vader at a similar rate during production of Rogue One, with fans getting a sense that he would have some role to play in the film. By the time Disney was releasing trailers for the movie, Vader was a major part of the marketing strategy. We haven’t reached that point with the Han Solo movie, which doesn’t even have an official title yet, but it’s possible that the same formula is followed.
As for what Vader could actually be doing in the movie, that much is just speculation. It could be anything from a real role in the plot to just a cameo in a brief sequence. Given that it’s harder to keep a character that is featured prominently a secret, we’re willing to bet that Vader only has a few minutes of screen time – maybe less than what we saw in Rogue One. After all, this movie is about Han Solo, Chewie, Lando Calrissian, and their scoundrel-lives prior to Star Wars: A New Hope.