Gareth Edwards on Vader’s Cameo in the Rogue One Trailer from Star Wars Celebration Europe


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards discusses Darth Vader’s cameo scene in the film’s second trailer which was shown exclusively to those in attendance at Star Wars Celebration Europe…

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, under a rock, without internet access, you probably know by now that there was a Rogue One teaser trailer shown exclusively to those in attendance at the Star Wars Celebration Europe in London, England.

In case you missed it, Game of Thrones (Brienne of Tarth) and The Force Awakens (Captain Phasma) star, Gwendoline Christie hosted the Rogue One panel at Star Wars Celebration, and at the end of the event, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, came out on stage and told everyone to shut-off their phones and recording devices.

The live-stream was ended, and only those 4,000 or so fans in physical attendance at the Celebration, got to see the second Rogue One: A Star Wars Story teaser trailer. If you want to know what happened, we described in detail, the entire trailer.

The Star Wars Celebration exclusive trailer was different than the Rogue One Celebration Reel they featured during the panel:

The exclusive Rogue One trailer the rest of us online didn’t get to see, lasted roughly 90 seconds, and at the end, Darth Vader’s iconic breathing could be heard, while the Sith Lord’s reflection was shown on a coms-panel, on what appeared to be the Death Star. talked to the film’s director —  Gareth Edwards —  and got him to describe just what went into choosing that scene to reveal Darth Vader’s first appearance in a Rogue One  trailer.

"“That was born out of all the experimenting we were talking about. You don’t go, ‘I want this, this is the shot I want.’ They built the whole set, they had a reflection, Vader went in there and we’re looking at the reflection going, ‘That’s fucking cool!’”"

I love that Gareth Edwards seems more like a fan of Star Wars, than the director of the saga’s very first standalone film. Edwards continued:

"“So as we’re filming, we’re like, go down, go down, and just playing around, and things happen that you wouldn’t have asked for. That was a great example of it. I would’ve never picked that shot, but then it’s in front of you and you get excited about something, and he’s such an iconic – he’s the most iconic character in all of cinema, potentially. To hear everyone cheer when they saw his silhouette, you feel like, ‘that is worth everything.’”"

There are many potato-quality versions of the trailer online (sorry, we’re not going to share those links), but none of them do Darth Vader the credit he deserves, judging from the crowd’s joyous response, once he showed up on-screen.

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So far, there has been no word on when that trailer will be shown on the internet, but my guess is the general public will never get to see it. It was a Star Wars Celebration Europe exclusive, and when Disney/Lucasfilm does decide to show a new Rogue One trailer, I expect it will be longer than 90 seconds.