Darth Vader’s Castle Likely to Appear in ‘Star Wars’ Sequels

Prior to the events of “Rogue One,” fans had no idea where Darth Vader chose to live in his off-time. While the reveal of his castle on Mustafar, positioned close to the site where Anakin died and Vader properly began in “Episode III,” gave us plenty of information on its exterior, details of the castle’s interior remain sketchy at best.

 

Since Rogue One’s release, Lucasfilm’s story division has worked to unite the franchise’s multi-faceted approach to media. Some of this clarification has included that Vader’s castle has a lava dam that originates from a conceptual art piece by Ralph McQuarrie for “Episode IV.” The various designers and storytellers have gone to great lengths to solidify the details surrounding Vader’s unnamed castle, likely because it will play a part in future Star Wars films.

 

In an Uproxx interview, Doug Chiang, a VP and creative director for Lucasfilm, shared some of the consistent ideas and themes surrounding Vader’s castle and Vader’s uses for it. The discussion included brainstorming on why Vader chose Mustafar, why the castle looks as it does, and so on, and giving feedback like how Vader chooses to use it to center and calm himself, complete with a rejuvenating “bacta tank” to heal his body. That last point was featured in one of the few internal shots Rogue One viewers got to see. Director Gareth Edwards’ own take on the castle was that it serves as a focusing point for Dark Side energies.

 

As for how Vader’s unnamed castle might play some role in future movies, Episode VIII’s current narrative includes an antagonist character, Kylo Ren, who is fixated on anything even remotely connected to Darth Vader. This would be more than enough to justify an extended sequence of Kylo Ren navigating the decrepit stronghold to learn more about his grandfather and possibly even more on the ways of the Sith and the Dark Side.

 

The de-canonized Expanded Universe also gave Vader a castle, Cast Bast, on an acid rain-soaked planet. This site served not only as a stronghold for Vader but also for the seven “Dark Side Elite.”

 

Darth Vader Banished to Virtual Reality

The Star Wars movie universe kicked off incredibly well with The Force Awakens. It is already the top grossing movie of all time and was able to bring the luster of the franchise back following the disappointing prequel trilogy.

The follow-up films are a big question mark. Rogue One raised a lot of eyebrows when it was learned that there have four weeks of reshoots were ordered in May. Rumor has it that Disney is gravely concerned about the film. Apparently, Rogue One is too dark and has too much of a “war movie” feel.

Now there is news that there will be a Darth Vader film written by David S. Goyer, author of Batman Begins. The catch? It’s going to be in virtual reality.

Viewers will be able to interact with the characters in the movie and, so it is said, even be able to touch them.

Here is the thing about this project. Have you seen any virtual reality projects out there right now? The quality is poor at best. Right now, most virtual reality games and programs have a single environment such as a tavern, and the characters do not move their limbs or mouths.

How can Disney possibly make a movie starring Darth Vader using technology that is clearly in its infancy? How can this possibly work?

Disney decided to make a military movie of Star Wars and the Darth Vader movie is shuffled off to be a pseudo-video game. That seems like an incredibly backwards situation. Almost every Star Wars movie is really a Darth Vader movie. He is a pivotal character that deserves better.