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Tuesday, November 22 2016 08:29

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - New Looks at Darth Vader

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If you're an Entertainment Weekly subscriber (as I am), you have reason to be excited for a trip to the mailbox - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes the cover in the issue hitting this week. As a teaser, the team at EW has unleashed 15 new images from the film (see them here), but in that batch, two particularly stood out to me... a kid who was Darth Vader for Halloween on more that a few occasions in the early 1980s. As we know, Lord Vader is back in Rogue One (a story which takes place immediately prior to the events of 1977's Star Wars), and what's important is how he looks...

The most casual of Star Wars fans often think that "Darth Vader is Darth Vader," but the reality is that his costume changed drastically over the course of the original trilogy, becoming more streamlined in the years between Star Wars and Return of the Jedi. The scale of things was altered, and when you look back at when we first saw him on screen, the rawness of his first appearance added to the menace... with details like red lenses in his mask - something that was properly captured recently in the Disney XD animated series, Star Wars Rebels. From the new stills of today, it's clear that Vader is looking proper!

Darth Vader - Rogue One, red eyes...

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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