"Star Wars: Rogue One" is set between Episode III and Episode IV in the entire series, making it a sort of Episode 3.5. The familiar Star Wars' faces of Natalie Portman, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and others will not be in the "Rogue One" film for fans. However, there are still some actors and actresses that are reprising roles in the film, whether on screen or with vocals .

James Earl Jones is the voice of Darth Vader

The plot (caution: some spoilers) of episode 3.5 involves the rebels attempting to steal the plans of the Death Star.

Anyone who has seen Episode IV knows how their mission ends as the opening sequence of "A New Hope" involves Darth Vader following his Storm Troopers onto a rebel ship in pursuit of the plans that have been stolen. James Earl Jones, who is now 85-years-old, was the voice of Darth Vader in the films from 1977 to 1983 and he has reprised that role in "Rogue One."

Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm, has made sure to manage people's expectations when it comes to Darth Vader's appearances in the film.

"He will be in the movie sparingly," Kennedy has stated, "But at a key, strategic moment, he's going to loom large" (qtd. at comicbook.com, June 23rd, "James Earl Jones Confirmed as Voice of Darth Vader"). Vader is an interesting character in the series as he starts as amicable protagonist Anakin Skywalker in Episode I before gradually turning to the dark side in Episode III. In "Rogue One" (ie. Episode 3.5), Vader is still evil as he doesn't turn back until Episode VI.

Jimmy Smits has a "cameo"

Jimmy Smits is also reprising his role as Bail Organa. Smits played the role in "Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" from 2005 and "Episode II - Attack of the Clones" from 2002. While Darth Vader is the real father of Princess Leia, Bail Organa is her adoptive father. Smits, like Jones, is not playing a major role in the film. “Can you say the word, ‘cameo?’” he has stated about his involvement (qtd.

at ew.com/August 5th). “Can you say the words, ‘small part?’”

Genevieve O'Reilly will also reprise the role of Mon Mothma from the an earlier episode as well. The character appeared in Episode VI (1983), played by Caroline Blakiston. O'Reilly played the character in Episode III but the footage was cut so she's certainly not as famous for the series as Smits or Jones.

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