Back in 2012 when Disney purchased Lucasfilm and Star Wars from George Lucas for $4 billion, it was obvious that Disney was going to find a way to bring back the face of the Star Wars franchise. Even though Disney and Lucasfilm are doing their best to keep it under wraps, Darth Vader will be making his return in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.
Now according to Flickering Myth, we have a face and a name to go with the actor who will portray The Dark Lord Of The Sith in the upcoming Prequel to “Star Wars: A New Hope.” His name is Spencer Wilding and he is mostly a stunt actor but he will seem a little familiar to you if you saw “Guardians Of The Galaxy” (see below).
Dueling Darths: David Prowse and Spencer Wilding
Wilding is 6 feet 7 inches and 43 years old, and to me, this is what I always imagined Anakin Skywalker looking like. Kind of like a young David Prowse, the original actor to play Darth Vader under the costume.
From Flickering Myth:
It was reported last year that the Sith Lord would feature in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and that Hayden Christensen would be reprising the role for the movie. We teased last month that the rumour was correct, but Christensen would not be playing the part. That’s because our sources are telling us that in fact British actor Spencer Wilding has been cast to play the body of Darth Vader in Rogue One.
Our source also confirms that Wilding has been running lines while on set, so Darth Vader will have a speaking role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. However he will likely be dubbed by James Earl Jones just as David Prowse was when he played Vader in the Original Trilogy. We sadly don’t have confirmation that Jones will be coming back to reprise his role, but it seems rather likely (Making Star Wars were very sure though, and they’re a good source to trust).
Don’t be surprised to see a glimpse of Darth Vader in the next trailer for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.
Spencer Wilding in “Guardians Of The Galaxy”
Source: Flickering Myth