22 Jun 2016 6:12 PM +00:00 UTC

EW Confirms Darth Vader's Return in 'Rogue One', and Reveals New Cover

Today, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that the saga's most badass Sith Lord, Darth Vader, will make his first on-screen re-appearance since Episode III: Revenge of the Sith in their exclusive preview of Gareth Edwards' standalone Star Wars film, Rogue One.

The latest edition of EW will be publicly released this Friday, with more focus on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Here's what EW said on the issue's press release:

"In this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly, we bring you an inside look at 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which explores just how the Rebellion came to possess the information that revealed the fatal flaw in the Empire's super weapon. It's a battlefield heist that fans have been imagining for nearly 40 years, described in the opening crawl of 1977's original 'Star Wars' with little details scattered throughout"

In the latest issue, EW takes a sneak peak at Lucasfilm's plans for Rogue One:

> Official confirmation of Darth Vader's return to the big screen.
> New information about Jyn Erso and her father, played by Mads Mikkelsen.
> Full details of the principal 'Rebel' characters, who are united in their efforts to topple the Empire: Diego Luna, Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Forest Witaker and Alan Tudyk (who plays a performance-capture droid).
> Ben Mendelsohn's view on the 'Imperial Ranks' and his character's own ambitions, notably the character's eagerness to win favour of the Emperor and avoid the wrath of Darth Vader.
> The filmmakers give clearer revelations about what the reshoots are adding to the plot, as the film nears its cinematic release.

EW also released a Behind the Scenes video of Rogue One in conjunction with EW's press release today by The Entertainment Spot. This shows more info the magazine's Exclusive First Look:

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The next Entertainment Weekly issue will be available this Friday, June 24, 2016.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters on Dec. 16, 2016.