A new trailer for Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been released, offering fans a fleeting glimpse of Darth Vader.
The spin-off trailer concludes with a shot of Vader and the sound of his trademark heavy breathing.
Felicity Jones stars as Jyn Erso, the leader of a Rebel mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.
The movie is set before the time of the first Star Wars film A New Hope, released in 1977, and does not form part of the main series.
The two-minute promo, which is different from the one shown at last month’s Star Wars Celebration event in London, begins with new character Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) telling Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) that “the world is coming undone”.
The trailer goes on to show Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) being told about the mission for which they have been selected.
Subsequent scenes feature a new robot character voiced by Alan Tudyk, a blind warrior played by Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen, and an Imperial Walker being struck by a missile.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released on December 16.
Darth Vader’s bid for Ukraine’s presidency has been rejected.
The man, who appears in the costume of Darth Vader and is often accompanied by people dressed in other Star Wars outfits, was nominated for the presidency by the Internet Party of Ukraine. Earlier he told the party’s congress that he wanted to turn Ukraine into “a galactic empire”.
Ukraine’s Central Electoral Commission says parts of Darth Vader’s application were “questionable” and some paperwork was probably forged. Apparently, the man is really an electrician called Viktor Shevchenko, who changed his name to Darth Vader in March.
Darth Vader’s bid for Ukraine’s presidency has been rejected (photo Reuters)
At least one commission member suggests Darth Vader’s campaign could be an attempt to discredit the upcoming election – possibly by Russia, which does not recognize the Ukraine’s interim government.
“It may seem like an innocent joke, but someone paid 2.5 million hryvnyas [$227,000] for this joke,” says Ihor Zhydenko, referring to the deposit that must be given along with the application.
Ihor Zhydenko adds that Darth Vader might run for the presidency in Russia, where he has received extensive media coverage.
“They already have little green men,” he says, referring to Russian troops in the Crimea region.
“Such a commander-in-chief would be appropriate.”
Twenty-three candidates have been registered to run in the snap presidential election in Ukraine on May 25.