Will Darth Vader Return For Star Wars: Episode VII? (Probably Not)

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Well, here’s your long-shot Star Wars rumor of the day, and we recommend swallowing it with a helping heaping of salt. In the wake of rumblings about possible Episode VII returns for Luke, Leia, and Han, now another iconic character is rumored to play a big part: none other than fallen Jedi/reformed Sith Lord Darth Vader.

Your reaction to that news is probably the same as mine was: Yeah, right. Nevertheless, it is the rumor being floated by the Express, who cite “industry insiders” and a “film mole” to back their claims that Vader will be resurrected somehow so he can participate in the new trilogy. Here’s the relevant quote from the aforementioned film mole: “He’s an integral part of the franchise. Replacing him is virtually impossible. The plan is for him to return and play a significant role in the new films.”

Obviously, unattributed quotes on the internet are about as rare as packing peanuts, and not nearly as useful. Will this rumor prove to be hogwash? Most likely. Is it the most ridiculous Episode VII rumor we’ll hear between now and the film’s 2015 release? Probably not.

Still, let’s presume for the moment that it is accurate. How do you bring Vader back? As you will recall, we last saw Vader/Anakin Skywalker being torched on a funeral pyre by Luke at the end of Return of the Jedi. I realize young Anakin survived a dip in a lava pool thanks to Palpatine’s intervention, but it’s bound to be a lot trickier to resurrect a pile of ashes.

A bigger problem, however, is that the story of Anakin Skywalker is finished. We’ve seen his humble origins, we’ve watched him fall to the Dark Side, and we saw him find redemption by saving his son and dropping his former employer down a really deep shaft that I’m sure served some sort of practical purpose other than emergency Sith disposal. If they brought him back…then what? Where does the character have to go from here? You can’t make him a bad guy again because that would make the previous six films a colossal waste of time, narratively speaking. If you bring him back and he’s still reformed, well, that’s nice, I guess. But why?

So yeah. Our B.S. detectors are going off something fierce on this one. Besides, I’m far more interested to find out if the chubby Rancor keeper will be making an appearance.


  1. Jeremy says:

    What garbage this rumour is. For once I totally agree with your reasoning, haha.. whoever made up that quote clearly is not familiar with the storyline. I can imagine Vader being present in mythology-flashback mode, but that’s about it.

  2. heronymo says:

    Maybe it’s just Anakin as a force ghost? That would make sense. Otherwise, wtf.

  3. Trevor Stove says:

    revenge of the rancor ceeper. i like it, anakin could have a smal return in spirit form, o b one style, depending on the story.

  4. Rummage says:

    Force Ghost to teach Luke the ways of the Dark Side 🙂

  5. Nteger says:

    It could be as simple as a force ghost. You see him at the end standing with Yoda and Obiwan. There’s also the chance that they could clone him, which happened to Palpatine in one book series I believe. I’m not saying I think this would be a good idea, but it’s not difficult to think of at least couple ways Vader could be included in the new film.

  6. The ghost of Vader (not Anakin, his dark side incarnation) is bound to the remains of his armour through the use of sith alchemy by a new generation of sith lords. Driven to insanity while leading the assault on the New Republic/Galactic Alliance (depending on if they use any expanded universe stuff & when in the chronology it’s set) he is an unkillable entity of pure dark side malevolence. As the echoes of his tortured soul scream in impotent rage through the force, his children & their allies have to combat this new menace, introducing us along the way to the next generation of heroes…
    It’s not a likley scenario, but Star Wars is sci-fi fantasy – stranger things have been comitted to film.

  7. Baby fart says:

    He’ll show up in some form… Ghost most likely. Clone if they want to be dicks and ruin the franchise.