OK, Star Wars fans, we've got a lot to talk about. Let's just jump right out there and say no Star Wars movie is ever really complete without Darth Vader. It's just a simple fact, in my opinion. The masked villain is a staple in the franchise, and fans can always guarantee an exciting movie when Darth is involved. Most recently we "saw" Spencer Wilding as Vader in last year's Rogue One, and now, as we gear up for a currently untitled Han Solo film, the question on every fan's lips is: Will Darth Vader be in the Han Solo movie? Well, due to a slip on the part of Fandom Fest in Louisville, Kentucky this week, we *may* have the answer to that question.
You see, what had happened was, Spencer Wilding was scheduled to appear at Fandom Fest; on Tuesday of this week, however, the actor was added to the convention's cancellation list with the reason for his absence being he was "filming the newest film in the Star Wars Universe.” Since, prior to this, there had been no confirmation Darth Vader would be a part of any new installment in the Star Wars franchise, fans took this as a sign that Wilding would, indeed, be reprising his role as the villain in the upcoming Han Solo project.
Curiously, though, the following day, the convention's cancellation list was changed again to say "Spencer Wilding will be unable to attend due to filming." Obviously, this amended notice is glaringly missing any mention of a new Star Wars film, so the question is: Did Fandom Fest mess up and accidentally announce some major news regarding whether or not Darth Vader will be in the next Star Wars film? Or did they just mistakingly assume that's what Wilding was filming, in which case we're back to square one.
It is very possible Darth Vader could appear in the next film, given that it takes place ten years before Han Solo met Luke Skywalker — meaning it takes place during a time when the villain was at his peak. Of course, since we never actually see Spencer Wilding's face in Rogue One, it's also possible he is playing another role entirely in the new Star Wars film.
One way or the other, one thing is for sure: We can't wait for the Han Solo movie to hit theaters in the spring.