Did Disney Just Tease Tarkin’s Return in Rogue One?

With ‘Rogue One’ tickets now on sale, Disney haven’t held back on their marketing and have released a number of new TV Spots over the past week. But the latest ‘Rogue One’ TV spot to drop, “Breathe”, may have just teased the return of  none other than Grand Moff Tarkin, Commander of the Death Star!

A brief shot in the new TV Spot shows a Tarkin-looking figure watching over the the Death Star during its construction. Tarkin’s involvement during Rogue One would make perfect sense, what with the Emperor making him Commander of the Death Star and this film taking place shortly before the events of ‘A New Hope’, in which he uses the power of the Death Star to blow up Alderaan. Grand Moff Tarkin was played by the late Peter Cushing, who gave a truly chilling and memorable portrayal as the Empire’s Regional Governor.

Whilst the visual effects team behind ‘Rogue One’ are keeping their lips tightly sealed about their self confessed “innovative stuff”, it’s widely rumoured that we could see Cushing, who died in 1994, digitally brought to life to reprise the villainous role, and this TV Spot seemingly confirms it. The mysterious figure in question doesn’t give much away, but many fans are commenting on the figure’s likeness to Cushing, namely the grey uniform and the shape of the figure’s head from behind. 

If this rumour is in fact true, we can probably expect Tarkin to only have a short, but very welcomed, amount of screen time during the film. His presence in the film, alongside Darth Vadar and Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) will mean the Rebels have got their work cut out for them.

Are you excited for Tarkin’s return? Which other characters would you like to see make a return to future Star Wars films?

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ lands in UK cinemas on December 15th

Written by Tom Sheffield

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