'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'
Star Wars: Rogue One. Left to Right: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen. Lucasfilm 2016/ Jonathan Olley

Director Gareth Edwards spoke about the role of Darth Vader in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” at the “Celebrations” event in London. Some of the cast members of the film also talked about what it was like to film scenes with the iconic character.

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Edwards was attracted to this project because of his love for the original trilogy, Gizmodo reports. However, he said the new movie wasn’t something he made just for the fans of the franchise. The film is an opportunity to create new characters and events to get a new generation of movie goers to get excited.

This doesn’t mean that Edwards wanted to ignore the fans of the franchise. So, the challenge before him was to balance the old and the new. The best way to do that, according to the director, was with Darth Vader.

Edwards teased that Darth Vader has such a “gravitational pull” in the movie and the second he shows up in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” the viewers are going to get “sucked” in. The director said that he tried to find the best way to “pepper” the presence of the villainous character in a way that “felt right.”

The cast members also had some fun while filming the movie with Darth Vader, ABC reports. The director said that he was “reduced to being a kid” while directing the character and was initially intimidated while directing. When the director looked around the set, he felt the other cast and crew members were looking at the actor in the costume like they were “four years old.”

“He's a very passive-aggressive man. I'm not afraid to say that,” Riz Ahmed (Bodhi Rook) said. “He would kill the vibe on set,” he added about Darth Vader in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”