WARNING: This post contains SPOILERS for Rogue One
One of the more anticipated aspects of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the big screen return of famed villain Darth Vader. Lucasfilm smartly downplayed the Sith Lord's involvement in the spinoff in marketing, offering only slight glimpses of the iconic character in trailers and TV spots. It was never expected Vader would play a major role in the narrative (with Director Krennic being the main antagonist, essentially), but Kathleen Kennedy did promise that Vader would loom large over the proceedings. In the finished product, the dark lord appeared in two scenes: a conversation with Krennic on the planet Mustafar and one action sequence that became an instant part of Star Wars lore.
Director Gareth Edwards saved the best Vader for last. Towards the end of Rogue One's third act, Vader is hunting down the stolen Death Star plans and leads a boarding party aboard a ship that received the transmission. In something that was out of a horror movie, Vader sliced his way through unnamed Rebel soldiers who were terrified by what they saw. After nearly 40 years of being a part of pop culture, the full power and potential of Vader the villain was unleashed on the big screen to many viewers' delight. It undoubtedly is one of the movie's best moments, and fans are recreating it with the tools they have at home.
YouTube channel Lego Man posted a (fittingly) LEGO version of the carnage, which you can watch above. The clip consists of computer animation for the exterior space shots and ships, as well as footage of real LEGO figures acting out the sequence in the darkened hallway. Seemingly, the video's creators incorporated the actual audio from Rogue One into their project, but without the official scene available online, one cannot say for sure. If it is indeed the material from the film, then this is a cheeky and creative way of sneaking past the copyright laws. Obviously, seeing LEGO Vader terrorize the Rebels can't compare to the visceral thrill of watching it unfold in live-action, but for those who want to relive this particular Rogue One bit without heading back to the theater, it's a fun alternative.
The extremely positive reception to the Vader scene started a conversation about whether or not there should be a Darth Vader spinoff film. Rogue One seemed to be laying the groundwork for such a production, revealing the Sith's personal lair on Mustafar and portraying him in a way that's never been seen before. There's no denying there'd be a great amount of interest in a Vader anthology, but if it is in the cards, it's not a top priority for Lucasfilm. The young Han Solo film is due in 2018, and it appears the 2020 spinoff will be about bounty hunter Boba Fett. Of course, Disney is planning to make more Star Wars movies well into the next decade, so there's always the possibility Vader will return at some point.
And on the off chance that this truly is the final time Darth Vader appears on film, his finale in Rogue One was quite the way to bow out. This LEGO version will most likely go down as just one of many fan-made remakes that will hit the Internet in the coming months. And with Rogue One allegedly hitting Blu-ray in the spring, there will probably be many more as people get a chance to pause and watch it all unfold frame by frame.
Source: Lego Man
- Star Wars: Rogue One / Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) release date: Dec 16, 2016
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018