Here is a first look at Darth Vader in the upcoming extended version of Star Wars Rebels: The Movie. What I find most interesting is that it was revealed by David Prowse, the actor who portrayed Darth Vader in the original Star Wars Trilogy.
For decades David Prowse has been considered a “persona non grata” in the Star Wars Universe, and for him to be participating in anything Star Wars related, like this, may mean that maybe he is welcome again. Back when David Prowse was filming The Empire Strikes Back, he apparently let word out in a magazine that Darth Vader was Luke’s father. This did not go over well with George Lucas and ever since then, he has held a grudge against the actor. Prowse has always said that it was taken out of context and it was not intentional. Unfortunately, David Prowse is banned from all official Star Wars Conventions, Darth Vader was portrayed by another actor, Sebastian Shaw, during the scene in Return Of The Jedi when Luke takes Vader’s helmet off and he was not asked to reprise his role as Darth Vader in Revenge Of The Sith. Even though James Earl Jones did an excellent job and will always be known as the iconic voice of Darth Vader, David Prowse will always be Darth Vader to me.
The special extended edition of Star Wars Rebels: The Movie will air on Sunday, October 26th at 7 PM on ABC.
David Prowse As Darth Vader:
For those curious as to how David Prowse would have sounded using his own voice, here is a scene of David Prowse on the set of the original Star Wars reciting his lines as Darth Vader. Kind of funny to hear. George Lucas definitely made the right move by bringing in James Earl Jones to do the voice of Darth Vader.