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Rumor: Does Darth Vader make an appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII?

08.11.2014

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII has yet to reveal much about plot or characters and we have been relying on second hand sources and the ever-churning rumor mill to satiate our desire to know everything about J.J. Abrams' foray into George Lucas' galaxy far, far away. Aside from the casting announcement, we know next to nothing aside from the setting of the film being thirty years after RETURN OF THE JEDI. Hell, we don't even know for sure how the original cast fits into any of this.

A couple of tidbits have hit the Internet the last few days and both point to the return of a major character from all six STAR WARS films: Darth Vader. Now, any fan knows Vader died at the conclusion of Jedi and that his Force Ghost appeared to Luke, but there are new indications that Vader may appear in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII in more than just spirit.

First up is a tweet from Bad Robot regarding the UNICEF Force for Change contest which raised a ton of money for a worthy cause. It also will send a lucky fan on location for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII to be involved in an actual scene in the film. Bad Robot's tweet appears below.

Now, I may be crazy, but do you remember those rumors that two characters find a severed hand clutching a lightsaber and must return it? It sounded like nonsensical bullshit at the time, but what if that hand is a robotic one versus flesh? And, whose hand resembles that one above? First guess would be Luke, but his hand had a layer of skin over it. This hand closely resembles the one Anakin Skywalker sports during ATTACK OF THE CLONES. Sure, if Luke's hand is severed and the skin is removed, it may look similar, but who knows for sure.

The other item that has been swirling surrounding Lord Vader have been posts from WWE wrestler Sheamus. The athlete has been seen in his home country, specifically on Skellig Michael Island where shooting for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII has been taking place. Sheamus, prior to becoming a wrestler, played Darth Vader for a STAR WARS: EPISODE I promotional tour. With David Prowse likely too old to don the black suit, could we be getting another on screen Vader, possibly in flashbacks? Sheamus even tweeted the following.

It may seem a stretch for either of these to be true, and you cannot trust anything on the internet, but there are too many things aligning to ignore that we may truly be seeing everyone from the original trilogy back on screen. We may have to wait until December 18, 2015.

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1:35PM on 08/12/2014

Anakin Skywalker's story is done, done, done

I suspect J.J. Abrams is just messing with fans right now, but adding Darth Vader to the mix is simply a bad idea, even if it's simply a cameo. He's had his arc, let's concentrate on the returning cast and the new characters.

For the record, I think they're teasing Luke Skywalker's robotic hand. The search for the missing Jedi Master Skywalker would make a great plot for the first flick.
I suspect J.J. Abrams is just messing with fans right now, but adding Darth Vader to the mix is simply a bad idea, even if it's simply a cameo. He's had his arc, let's concentrate on the returning cast and the new characters.

For the record, I think they're teasing Luke Skywalker's robotic hand. The search for the missing Jedi Master Skywalker would make a great plot for the first flick.
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1:25PM on 08/12/2014
I think people are digging a little too hard in the wrong area of the yard for plot details on Star Wars 7. I'm pretty sure Abrams just used the prop hand from LucasFilm to post that tweet, that is all.

People are reading waaayyyy too into everything Star Wars related.
I think people are digging a little too hard in the wrong area of the yard for plot details on Star Wars 7. I'm pretty sure Abrams just used the prop hand from LucasFilm to post that tweet, that is all.

People are reading waaayyyy too into everything Star Wars related.
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8:29AM on 08/12/2014
Maybe, and I'm just spitballin' here, Luke cut off his own robot hand - something about the machine implants being an impediment to the light side of the force, and to be truly one with the force he needed to be 'organic'.

Then again, I'm also of the opinion that Anakin shouldn't have gotten to be a happy, smiley force ghost after all the Jedi younglings he slaughtered. I'm not sure offing the Emperor really makes up for helping to murder the whole Jedi order.
Maybe, and I'm just spitballin' here, Luke cut off his own robot hand - something about the machine implants being an impediment to the light side of the force, and to be truly one with the force he needed to be 'organic'.

Then again, I'm also of the opinion that Anakin shouldn't have gotten to be a happy, smiley force ghost after all the Jedi younglings he slaughtered. I'm not sure offing the Emperor really makes up for helping to murder the whole Jedi order.
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8:22AM on 08/12/2014

This is a reference to the intro... A hand is seen floating through space.

The first movie revolves around a hand kids find after it lands on a desert planet. They seek out the owner and it starts an adventure bringing together Jedi and Sith once more. (This is not a joke, this is literally the plot of Episode 7...)
The first movie revolves around a hand kids find after it lands on a desert planet. They seek out the owner and it starts an adventure bringing together Jedi and Sith once more. (This is not a joke, this is literally the plot of Episode 7...)
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9:07PM on 08/11/2014
James Earl Jones was quoted as saying "An Irish accent? I can *try*...."
James Earl Jones was quoted as saying "An Irish accent? I can *try*...."
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4:46PM on 08/11/2014
Luke's actual hand was cut off in Empire! Not his robot hand!!! Vader's hand (robot hand) was cut off at the end of Jedi! If it's a robot hand then it can't be Luke's as his robot hand was never shown being cut off!!!
Luke's actual hand was cut off in Empire! Not his robot hand!!! Vader's hand (robot hand) was cut off at the end of Jedi! If it's a robot hand then it can't be Luke's as his robot hand was never shown being cut off!!!
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4:59PM on 08/11/2014
DEAR GOD! ITS BEEN OVER 30 YEARS SINCE EPISODE 6! I guarentee you THINGS HAPPENED since them. Use your brain kid.
DEAR GOD! ITS BEEN OVER 30 YEARS SINCE EPISODE 6! I guarentee you THINGS HAPPENED since them. Use your brain kid.
5:03PM on 08/11/2014
Maybe, just maybe, Luke's robot hand got cut off after Jedi and then part of what drives Ep VII's story is finding out what happened to Luke. Or it could be your weird attempt at logic.
Maybe, just maybe, Luke's robot hand got cut off after Jedi and then part of what drives Ep VII's story is finding out what happened to Luke. Or it could be your weird attempt at logic.
6:01PM on 08/11/2014
Well stormtroopers did wipe out most of the Jedi so I guess anyone could come along and lope off Luke's robot hand...
Well stormtroopers did wipe out most of the Jedi so I guess anyone could come along and lope off Luke's robot hand...
10:09PM on 08/11/2014
Can you really be a Jedi Master if your hand gets cut off not once, but twice? I mean who would want to train with him? Besides how many Skywalker hands can their possibly be floating around in space?
Can you really be a Jedi Master if your hand gets cut off not once, but twice? I mean who would want to train with him? Besides how many Skywalker hands can their possibly be floating around in space?
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4:39PM on 08/11/2014

yeuch

that would be so lame. I could unfortunately see it being true though, there is so much nostalgia in this episode so far that I could definitely see Abrams just piling it on more and more. I wish it was just a brand new adventure in a brand new world, hundreds of years after the events of Ep VII. We'll see how this turns out, but I certainly don't want Vader showing up. Having Luke and Han and the rest of them in prominent roles is more than enough... too much even. At most I thought it'd be
that would be so lame. I could unfortunately see it being true though, there is so much nostalgia in this episode so far that I could definitely see Abrams just piling it on more and more. I wish it was just a brand new adventure in a brand new world, hundreds of years after the events of Ep VII. We'll see how this turns out, but I certainly don't want Vader showing up. Having Luke and Han and the rest of them in prominent roles is more than enough... too much even. At most I thought it'd be neat to have Luke in a Yoda like role
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4:28PM on 08/11/2014
I'm NOT saying Vader won't be in the film at all (but I EXTREMELY HIGHLY doubt it), and I'm NOT saying the "floating hand" rumors are true (I hope not), but that is clearly a picture of Luke's robot hand. Yes there was fake skin on it, but it can get burned off. And IF the rumors are true, OF COURSE it's Luke's robot hand that gets cut off, floats through space, enters an atmosphere, and lands on a planet. I truly can't believe some idiots thought that it meant Luke's "Bespin Hand" was
I'm NOT saying Vader won't be in the film at all (but I EXTREMELY HIGHLY doubt it), and I'm NOT saying the "floating hand" rumors are true (I hope not), but that is clearly a picture of Luke's robot hand. Yes there was fake skin on it, but it can get burned off. And IF the rumors are true, OF COURSE it's Luke's robot hand that gets cut off, floats through space, enters an atmosphere, and lands on a planet. I truly can't believe some idiots thought that it meant Luke's "Bespin Hand" was floating around for 40 years. Clearly stuff happens between then.
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