Darth Vader's 'Rogue One' Lava Castle Might Return to 'Star Wars'

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The ultimate drama king of the Star Wars universe, Darth Vader, built his tuning fork castle in the middle of a lava river on Mustafar. And while Rogue One: A Star Wars Story gave audiences a brief look at said emo castle, Lucasfilm VP and Executive Creative Director Doug Chiang has hinted that there might be more dramatic castle shots to come. There’s only one person for that job.

“For us, it was really figuring out that Vader built his castle on an existing structure, which was this ancient lava dam,” Chiang said, as reported by Uproxx on Thursday. “And he built it here for a very specific reason. It was to come back here to meditate, to rejuvenate, to reconnect with himself. And it became a very spiritual place, and it was all centered around his bacta tank.”

It also just so happens to be the place where Anakin Skywalker made an enemy of his long-time master and friend, Obi-Wan Kenobi, where he lost his remaining limbs, practically burned to death, and — essentially — killed his wife. So, it’s hard to imagine that Vader’s castle is a place of rest for his tortured mind.

But the most interesting thing Chiang had to say was this: “And we’ve done quite a bit of exploration of what’s on the inside of it as well, and hopefully that’ll be seen in some other film.”

Seriously, this kid has zero chill.


If the Star Wars creative team already has interiors planned out, then it seems likely the series will further explore those hallowed, sad halls. Otherwise, all their hard work will go to waste. And the perfect person to explore Vader’s emo castle is definitely his equally emo grandson, Kylo Ren, who’s oh-so-eager to follow in his footsteps.

Be on the lookout for potential Vader castle shots when Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres on December 15.

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