Vader Is Conspicuously Absent From 'Rogue One' Character Posters

Where in the galaxy is Darth Vader?

Character posters for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have finally arrived with two very clear absences. Eight Rogue One posters were released on October 17 and on each, one of the characters’ faces is overlaid with what undeniably looks to be the schematics of the Death Star. Some of them, though, have a much paler version of the map than others — Bodhi Rook, Director Orson Krennic, Saw Gerrera, and the droid K-2SO are all so drenched in the light of the schematics that it changes the tone of their skin (or metal). Does this very clear divide mean that one half will survive the mission? If so, which half is it?

Guessing games aside, the characters who are most notably missing from the new posters are none other than protagonist Jyn Erso’s father, Galen Erso (portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen), and Darth Vader.

We still have very little knowledge about how extensive a role Lord Vader will play in Rogue One, as we’ve only seen a couple cursory shots of him in the trailers so far. But we’re pretty sure we’ll get another release of posters very soon, including one of Vader.

Jyn Erso, the aforementioned protagonist, is personally recruited by rebel leader Mon Mothma in Rogue One. She’s a reformed criminal who fought for the Rebel Alliance to defeat the Galactic Empire.

Cassian Andor will act as the Rebel babysitter in Rogue One — he’s an intelligence officer for the Rebel Alliance before Erso ever shows up.

Created originally by the Empire, KS20 is reprogrammed by the Rebels to fight against its masters.

Chirrut Îmwe is the group’s chosen holy man. He’s a warrior monk with a strong faith in the power of the Force.

Bodhi Rook — a reformed Imperial Pilot — broke away from the Empire to join the Rebellion.

Director Orson Krennic has been described as “cruel,” “brilliant,” and “obsessed.”

Baze Malbus is described as little more than a “soldier” and a “friend,” but we all know he’s going to be much more than that.

“Save the Rebellion! Save the dream!” is possibly the most haunting line in the recent Rogue One trailer, and it’s uttered by none other than Rebellion hopeful Saw Gerrara.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16.

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